When passed by voters in 2014, a $2.5 million mill levy override for Gunnison Watershed RE1J School District was largely intended to compensate for a shortfall in state funding. That it has done — allowing for the re-implementation of vocational offerings, maintaining small class sizes and offering a myriad of other benefits all aimed at a better education for local kids.

In the years that followed, RE1J leaders faced an important question: If the state were to reduce the amount of that shortfall — called, at the time, the “negative factor” — should the amount of the mill levy override be reduced as well?

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