Yes on 3A

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A Montrose County election worker processes ballots Tuesday evening.

By William Woody

MONTROSE — 3A passed. And the middle school nicknamed “Crumbling Columbine” is history.

Voters approved ballot initiative 3A Tuesday, 10,618 in favor to 8,823, 54.62% to 45.38%. The ensuing property tax increase will help replace the 56-year-old school.

The replacement of Columbine was deemed critical by the Montrose County School District RE-1J at a price tag of $33.7 million.

Earlier this year, the district secured a $12.4 million Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) grant. The bond passed Tuesday will help cover the remaining cost and has an expiration date in 20 years. If 3A had not passed, the BEST funds would have awarded to another school district today.

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