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HPLD Board Opposes Proposition 112 on Colorado’s November Ballot

(Greeley– October, 2018) –  The High Plains Library District Board of Trustees signed a resolution (18-3), unanimously opposing Proposition 112. Proposition 112 mandates a minimum distance for new Oil, Gas, and Fracking projects initiative

“The Board’s stance against 112 is directly correlated to the substantial negative impact its passage would have on the District’s ability to operate,” said Executive Director, Matthew Hortt.

The High Plains Library District and the patrons it serves have benefited greatly from the presence of Oil and Gas in Weld County. In 2019 Oil and Gas Assessed Value accounts for 57.55% of the District’s net total taxable assessed valuation within Weld County. The passage of Proposition 112 would have a detrimental effect on the District’s funding and subsequently the services that the High Plains Library District provides to the communities it serves.

“This measure will severely impact the Library District’s ability to continue providing library service, educating our community and proving information and resources for a literate and informed citizenry,” added Hortt.

There was no disagreement among the 7-member board, which includes representatives from all of Weld County, in publicly opposing Proposition 122.

Click here to read the resolution in its entirety.

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The High Plains Library District connects communities to information, inspiration and entertainment for life. HPLD includes libraries in Greeley, Evans, Firestone, Erie, Kersey, Ault, Eaton, Johnstown, Platteville, Hudson, Fort Lupton and Gilcrest.