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One of the Connected Lakes at the James M. Robb Colorado River State Park section on a hot Monday afternoon.

A growing coalition is getting behind a Colorado River District tax-hike proposal intended to bolster its struggling balance sheet and strengthen its role in advocating for Western Slope water interests and helping fund projects.

However, opposition to the measure also emerged last week from Pitkin County commissioners, after their representative on the district board also was the only board member to have voted against the tax proposal.