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How much is pot money helping El Paso County schools?

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COLORADO SPRINGS - As of right now, the state has generated half a billion dollars in marijuana-related revenue since recreational pot became legal in 2014.

Some of that money is supposed to go to local school districts, but one school in El Paso County says it hasn't seen a dime of it.

"To date, Widefield School Dist. 3 has not received a dime of marijuana tax revenue," Communications Director for Widefield School District 3 Samantha Briggs explained.

Districts that benefit from that tax have to apply for what's called a "BEST," or "Building Excellent Schools Today" grant. Widefield has applied for the grant previously, most recently in 2013. The district didn't receive the funds then and hasn't applied since. Officials say it's because you have to match the grant 48% to apply, and money has simply been scarce.

"We have $126 million of deferred maintenance in our buildings," Briggs said.

She also told KRDO NewsChannel 13 the district is hopeful as it plans to apply for the grant this year.

"It's just not as easy of a fix as people out there think," explained Briggs.

According to government documents, Lewis Palmer was the only district in El Paso County to get that grant last year.


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