WALSENBURG- The question of increasing the mill levy of the Upper Huerfano Conservation District was answered with a definite “Yes” by landowners on Tuesday. Of the 509 ballots, 281 were “yes” and 228 were “no.” Voter turnout was about thirty percent among voters with addresses in Huerfano County. The District has been receiving about $5,000 annually from its mill levy, which was originally passed in 1982. It is estimated that the increase will raise an additional $28,609 annually for the District’s general fund. “This mill levy increase will really benefit the District in providing technical and other assistance to small- and large-acreage landowners,” said Jim Hribar, District Board president.
Board openings were also filled by Ron Busch, Walsenburg, and Bill Riggins, La Veta. Each will be serving a four-year term. According to Hribar, the District will hold a meeting in June for all landowners to give input into future programs and natural resource issues that need to be addressed in Huerfano County. The date and location of the meeting will be announced in early June.