Letters of Support


Support CMC — Vote 'Yes' on Measure 4B (Summit Daily)

From Joe and Joyce Yob, Breckenridge

Oct. 9, 2017

"Colorado Mountain College district voters will be asked in November (Measure 4b) to give the college permission to adjust their mill levy bi-annually to avoid potential large revenue decreases associated with a 35-year-old state law related to property taxes (Gallagher amendment). Through measure 4b, CMC is requesting relief from the explosive growth in Front Range property values which is causing downward adjustments in the Gallagher Amendment residential tax rates. CMC is not asking for an unlimited tax increase. Rather, Measure 4b allows CMC's elected board to recover only those revenues lost by CMC due to these adjustments." Read more.


Colorado Mountain College needs your support at the polls (Aspen Times)

From Donna and Gino Rosseti, Basalt

Oct. 9, 2017

"I believe we should support Colorado Mountain College's ballot measure and vote "yes" on 4B as a community.
• CMC was created as a locally funded college 50 years ago by a vote of 2–1, and it remains the only institution of post-secondary education in the communities it serves.
• CMC maintains the lowest tuition rates in the state and has the third most affordable bachelor's degree programs in the nation.
• CMC is the primary provider of police officers, firefighters, nurses, early childhood educations, and hospitality workers in our mountain communities." Read more.


Guest opinion: Protect CMC by supporting ballot measure (Post Independent) 
David Delaplane, Denver, former CEO of Glenwood Springs Chamber

Oct. 11, 2017

"Fifty-two years ago, the members of the Education Committee of the Glenwood Springs Chamber of Commerce was composed of business and community leaders and I crisscrossed thousands of miles — in all weather conditions on U.S. 6, U.S. 24, single-lane roads, Loveland Pass, Independence Pass and Fremont Pass — in order to advocate for a mill levy to build a college in the mountains.​" Read more.


VOTE YES ON 4B

Doris Dewton, Edwards, CO

​October 9, 2017
Can you imagine our community without Colorado Mountain College?  Fifty years ago a small band of courageous leaders travelled throughout Western Colorado’s high country to convince remote communities to tax themselves to create CMC.  The measure passed by a 2-to-1 ratio and created a college unlike any other in the state’s history.  Now it’s our job to preserve CMC’s heritage.
 Read more.


Vote “YES” on 4B and support our treasured local colleges

Marge and Jerry Gavenda, Summit County

October 9, 2017

Colorado Mountain College district voters will be asked in November (Ballot Measure 4B) to give the college permission to adjust their mill levy to avoid potential large revenue decreases. For the past fourteen years the amount that we as homeowners, pay to support the college is $32 per year per $100,000 of assessed property value. Through 4B, this rate may be maintained to keep the college financially sound into the future, ensuring that future generations of students have access to affordable postsecondary education in their local community. Had 4B been in effect, in 2017, the cost to an individual homeowner for this adjustment, would have been $3 per $100,000 of assessed value. Read more.


Support CMC’s Referendum 4B (Steamboat Pilot)

John Fielder

October 12, 2017

​I support Colorado Mountain College's measure 4B.


The results of the November 2016 elections were influenced by working class Americans who feel left behind by our modern economy. Colorado Mountain College is the perfect antidote. It educates and trains the young and not so young who seek entrance into Colorado's unique recreation-based economy.

​Read more.


Inside the Chamber column: 50 Years Later — Chamber and Colorado Mountain College partnering for the community and business

Marianne Virgili, Glenwood Springs, CO (Post Independent)

October 16, 2017

The year is 1962. I like to imagine a young Glenwood Springs chamber of commerce manager named David Delaplane thumbing through files in his first week on the job.

He happens upon a folder labeled "Education" that contains a single sheet of paper. It's labeled: "Education Committee." He calls the names on the list and holds a meeting where he determines, in his own words, "What this community needs is a local college." Read more.

​Editorial: Protect our economy; back CMC’s tax fix (Post Independent)

October 15, 2017

Colorado Mountain College is, without doubt, a remarkable asset for western Colorado. Voters in the college's 6,600-square-mile district, which covers six counties including Garfield, Pitkin and Eagle, should protect it by approving Ballot Issue 4B, a plan that allows the school to adjust its tax rate to offset an abstruse provision of state law.

The proposal does not increase a homeowner's property tax bill. It compensates for a decrease in the statewide assessment rate triggered by the Front Range housing boom. More on that in a bit. Read more.


Support Measure 4B
Russell George, Glenwood Springs 

October 15, 2017


I will be voting YES on Colorado Mountain College Measure 4B.  I hope you too will vote YES.

Because of a very complicated state tax system coupled with rapid growth on the Front Range, CMC will lose revenue that it has been receiving and would still be receiving except for this problem.  Measure 4B will allow the college to correct this unforeseen situation (not of its own making) and continue to provide outstanding higher education in our home communities.  Read more.
 
Vote 'Yes' on 4B

Bruce Allbright, Steamboat Springs

October 15, 2017  

I did not attend CMC nor did any of my five children.  The guy who drove the ambulance that passed me today may well have so might the nurse at the hospital or the peace officer who took the accident report. I do know several Steamboat High students who have saved big bucks and precious time getting college credit At CMC before graduating twelfth grade. I enjoy the presence of a intellectual and practical asset in my community. The campus itself is a jewel in Steamboat. However, there is a threat to low cost higher and continuing education on the horizon. Read more.


Passage of 4B will protect public investment in CMC
​ (Steamboat Pilot)

Ken Brenner

October 17, 2017

​I serve you as one of your trustees, elected to protect Colorado Mountain College and the investment you have made in higher education in Northwest Colorado for the past 50 years.

The 1982 Gallagher Amendment, combined with Colorado's convoluted tax system and explosive growth on the Front Range, has again punished CMC and Western Slope local governments. This year's correction will take away approximately 6 percent of CMC's property tax revenues. Read more.



VOTE YES ON CMC BALLOT ITEM (Summit Daily)

Rep. Millie Hamner

October 23, 2017
In the upcoming November election, Ballot Measure 4B would benefit every community in House District 61 that has a Colorado Mountain College campus. Colorado Mountain College was created 50 years ago as a locally funded college, and today it provides access to the most affordable college education in Colorado. CMC is a true community asset, supporting businesses and individuals alike.  Read more.

Many reasons to vote yes on 4B for CMC (Steamboat Today)

Danny Arenales, Glenwood Springs

October 24, 2017

Affordable higher education is a service essential to the lives of many young Americans like me, and to the economy, local and as a whole. Colorado Mountain College provides that service for our community.

CMC was created 50 years ago by a 2-to-1 vote, and it is to this day the only post-secondary education institution in our community; it remains the most affordable school in the state, and has the third most affordable bachelor’s degree program in the United States as a whole. Further, CMC provides free college education to our community’s high school students, giving them a literal head start when they go to college. Read more.


Support Colorado Mountain College, vote ‘yes’ on 4B (Aspen Times) 

Charles L. Cunniffe, Aspen

October 23, 2017

I have served on the Colorado Mountain College Foundation board for eight years, having also been elected to the Colorado Mountain College Board of Trustees for six years, and will soon be entering an additional 4-year term representing Pitkin County.

In my years of leadership with CMC, I have found the organization to be of extraordinarily high value to the communities it serves. I have witnessed firsthand how individuals in our communities have been transformed by their educational experience through CMC, contributing to the economic and social success of our communities. Read more.


Vote ‘yes’ on 4B for CMC (Steamboat Today)

Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush

​October 18, 2017


Vote “yes” on 4B. Colorado Mountain College was created as a locally funded college 50 years ago by a vote of 2-to-1. Since that time, CMC has served nearly 500,000 students and is the primary provider of police officers, fire fighters, nurses, early childhood educators and hospitality workers in our mountain communities.

Now, the Gallagher Amendment is negatively impacting CMC's revenues. The Gallagher Amendment has not come into play in Colorado for the past 14 years, but due to extreme growth in the Front Range, Gallagher is now artificially lowering the residential tax assessment levels on the Western Slope. Read more.


CMC Foundation Board member: Vote ‘yes’ to support Colorado Mountain College (Vail Daily)

October 23, 2017

​Elaine Kelton

I believe we should support Colorado Mountain College's ballot initiative and vote "yes" on 4B.

A little history: For the past 14 years, the amount we, as individual homeowners, have paid to support the college is $32 per year per $100,000 of assessed property value. Through 4B, this rate will not be raised but may be maintained to keep the college financially sound, ensuring that future generations of students have access to affordable postsecondary education in their communities. Without 4B, Colorado Mountain College will suffer a loss of more than $2.7 million in revenue this year alone. Read more.


Suppporters

Supporters

Bruce Allbright

Angie Anderson

Danny Arenales

Glenwood Springs City Council

Ken Brenner

Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush

Jim Calaway

Charles L. Cunniffe

David Delaplane

Doris Dewton
Linda English

Dorothea Farris 

John Fielder

Marge and Jerry Gavenda

Russell George

Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association Board of Directors

Rep. Millie Hamner

Elaine Kelton

Dan Richardson, Carbondale Mayor

Gregg Rippy

Gino Rossetti

Marianne Virgili

Jon Warnick
Joe and Joyce Yob



VOTE 'YES' ON 4B FOR CMC