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Voters had mixed feelings about district tax-increase proposals

Hinsdale County didn’t get its gym, but the Byers district will get its buses. Those were among the outcomes of school district tax elections this week.

The tiny Hinsdale district has proposed a $5.9 million bond issue to build a gym for the school in Lake City, where students now have to walk down the street to an old armory for P.E. Byers, a small eastern plains district, asked for a modest $150,000 tax increase to buy or lease new buses. Voters agreed.

Overall, only 16 districts were on ballots this year with a total of 19 tax proposals. Three of six bond proposals passed, and three failed. The most notable defeat came in Steamboat Springs, where a $92 million bond was rejected.

District 27J in Adams County won a $248 million bond, and a $122 million bond was approved in the Roaring Fork district.

Voters approved nine tax overrides but defeated four. Overrides are property tax increases used for operating and other expenses, not to repay bond debt.

Revenue from successful overrides in Aspen, Dolores County, Kit Carson and Manitou Springs is intended to partly offset the effects of tight state support.

Here’s the full list of Tuesday’s district tax elections:

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