Plateau Valley leader hopeful win will stick
Plateau Valley School District 50 Superintendent Greg Randall is cautiously optimistic his district will soon have more money for textbooks, technology and instructional programs.
Initial counts Tuesday evening predicted a narrow defeat for Referred Measure 3A, a mill levy override for the school district. By midnight, results showed a narrow lead for the measure. Once 72 provisional ballots had been tallied Wednesday afternoon, the measure had a 27-vote lead of 687 votes to 660 votes.
Randall said Mesa County elections officials told him cured ballots and military ballots that could roll in through Nov. 14 may change the final tally. The vote is currently separated by two percentage points but would require an automatic recount if the gap narrows to less than half of a percentage point.
“I don’t want to put too much on it yet,” Randall said. “But since I found out about the 27-vote lead, I’m feeling better.”
Randall said the district’s school board members planned to meet Wednesday night to discuss what to do if the measure passed or failed. If the unofficial win sticks, the district will increase property taxes by up to $350,000 annually to help pay for new textbooks, delayed repairs and technology. The new revenue also will pay for developing and implementing new instructional programs and incentivizing quality teachers to stay in the district and enticing new ones to work there.