Voters OK school tax |

Voters OK school tax

J.K. Perry
Kira Horvath/Vail DailyLouise Funk, head cheerleader of the school bond initiative, was out campaigning Tuesday in Edwards.

EAGLE COUNTY ” Cheers erupted in the wee morning hours at Gore Range Brewery when supporters of Referendum 3B learned their measure had won.

“We are so excited,” supporter Louise Funk said. “Nobody’s sleeping here tonight.”

Voters approved the $128 million bond question 5,776 to 4,890 votes. The bond will be paid for by a countywide property tax increase equal to $128 per year for a $400,000 home.

District officials plan to spend the money on a school to replace Battle Mountain High School with a new campus in Edwards and buy land downvalley for a future high school. The money is also slated for school repairs, improvements and technology.

“We’re happy with Eagle County voters and we can’t say enough about the community and the people who have supported kids,” Funk said. “It’s a big vision and it’s a big vote for kids.”

The bond money likely will be available by January.

The supporters faced little organized opposition. Opponents said the referendum language was vague and questioned where exactly the bond money would go while suggesting the school district could have made do with what it had.

Staff Writer J.K. Perry can be reached at 748-2928 or

Vail, Colorado

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