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Letter to the Editor: Dear Greenhorn Valley voters,
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Please vote yes on issue 4A to maintain and improve District 70 schools, which includes our Valley schools. If you can think of schools as investments in the future of the country, it seems an easy call. But it is a no-brainer when you understand your taxes will not increase. Through wise debt restructuring, District 70 has arranged that the bond will not hit you in the wallet. That is welcome news to those of us on fixed incomes. Another plus - if the bond is passed, the district can use part of it as matching funds to receive a $4 million BEST grant. BEST Grant Program | CDE

Why does the school district need a bond issue? Bond issues are how underfunded school districts, like D70, can make brick and mortar, nuts and bolts improvements. In the Valley, bond issue 4A will fix leaky roofs, improve security, pave crumbling parking lots, improve building air quality, and remediate structural issues. The good thing our district has done, as long as I can remember, is produce very specific lists of projects that require attention. Every budget-minded voter should be assured that this list is not a wish list. It is the result of the careful paring down of needs, with community input. Yes, District 70 has many more needs, but it has prioritized the most urgent. And every voter should be reminded that D70 has a record of strong oversight. The money will be spent as advertised, not diverted after the fact. Here is a complete list of district bond projects: https://district70.org/ourpages/auto/2020/9/29/52672321/Pueblo%20D70%202020%20Master%20Plan.pdf

Check it out. Itís impressively thorough. My favorite Valley project is the needed expansion of hands-on learning space at Craver Middle School and Rye High - what we used to call ďshopĒ when I went to high school. Itís no secret among contractors that there is a real lack of trades workers out there.

In the end, if we donít maintain our investments, they lose value until they are not worth fixing. Please vote yes on 4A, because schools are investments that mean so much into the future.

Sincerely,


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