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Judge retention questions on ballot to get simplified

November 7, 2018 — Citizens of Colorado will find a different format for judge retention questions in future elections thanks to voters' approval of Amendment W in this year's election. Amendment W, a 2018 ballot measure that seeks to change the format of judge retention questions in future elections,

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Definition of industrial hemp to be removed from state constitution

November 7, 2018 — Colorado's voters spoke Tuesday regarding the state's official definition of industrial hemp, voting in support of a proposed state constitutional amendment on the issue. Statewide and locally in Garfield County, 61 percent of voters were in favor of Amendment X and 39 percent were against

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Colorado voters soundly reject proposal to equalize candidate spending

November 7, 2018 — Colorado voters appeared to overwhelmingly reject a constitutional amendment that could help those running against wealthy candidates. In statewide results late Tuesday, Amendment 75 was being soundly defeated by a 66 percent to 34 percent margin. Garfield County voters were rejecting the measure 68 percent

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Colorado voters reject takings measure Amendment 74

November 7, 2018 — Colorado voters on Tuesday turned back proposed Constitutional Amendment 74, a measure that would have changed Article II, Section 15, of the Colorado Constitution to read, "Private property shall not be taken or damaged, or reduced in fair market value by government law or regulation

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Garfield County votes to let library keep tax revenue

November 6, 2018 — Garfield County voters approved a measure that will allow the library district to keep all tax revenue it collects rather than refunding it in certain years as required by state laws. Ballot Question 6A gained more than 70 percent support in early results for the

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Not a setback: Prop 112 failure still leaves local citizen groups encouraged

November 6, 2018 — (Editor’s note: This story has been updated with additional reaction from Garfield County and state elected officials.) Seeking to establish new setback restrictions between oil and gas operations and homes, Proposition 112 was shot down by Colorado voters on Tuesday as oil and gas facility

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Garfield Re-2 gets funding for teacher pay but not new classrooms

November 6, 2018 — Seeking to establish a higher and more competitive pay schedule for teachers and other staff, as well as eight new elementary classrooms, the Garfield Re-2 School District posed two questions to voters this November, one a mill levy, the other a bond. While the mill

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Colorado Mountain College wins tax revenue proposal

November 6, 2018 — Western Colorado voters approved Colorado Mountain College’s bid to adjust property tax rates during lean budget years in a ballot initiative Tuesday. Early results for the college's district – which includes Garfield, Eagle, Pitkin, Lake, Routt and Summit counties – showed the measure winning with

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Carbondale fire wins property tax, bond authority

November 6, 2018 — Voters across three counties approved a property tax increase and bonding authority for the Carbondale Rural Fire Protection District Tuesday. The district spans parts of Garfield, Pitkin and Eagle counties, and all three voted overwhelmingly in favor of the funding increase. In early results, both

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Voters remove slavery exemption from state Constitution

November 6, 2018 — Slavery is officially prohibited under all circumstances after voters approved a ballot measure to remove the exception to allow slavery or indentured servitude in the case of punishment for a crime. The majority of voters, 66 percent, voted to remove the exemption from the Colorado

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Colorado age requirement for public office to stay at age 25

November 6, 2018 — Colorado voters decided not to lower the age limit to serve as a representative or senator from 25 to 21 years old. With 57 percent reporting, over 912,000 votes were cast against lowering the age requirements for state office. Opponents of lowering the age felt

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State school funding amendment likely to be defeated

November 6, 2018 — For the third time in eight years, Colorado voters turned down additional state funding for education Tuesday as Amendment 73 was on its way to being defeated. As of 8:10 p.m., the amendment had 56.7 percent against to 43.3 percent in favor; the amendment needed

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Colorado payday loan limits measure passing easily

November 6, 2018 — Although Colorado Proposition 111, limiting payday loan rates, did not garner anywhere near the attention as some of the bigger statewide ballot initiatives, it does appear to be earning voter approval. Proposition 111 places interest rate limits on payday loan services. As of 9 p.m.,

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Voters show strong support for Glenwood Fire Department

November 6, 2018 — Voters in the Glenwood Springs and the rural fire district overwhelmingly approved two related ballot questions extending property tax support for fire and emergency services. Ballot Issue 2A for city voters, as well as the Glenwood Springs Rural Fire Protection District Ballot Issue 6B, both

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Colorado voters mulling restrictions on new oil, gas wells

November 5, 2018 — DENVER (AP) — Coloradans are mulling whether to tightly restrict where new oil and gas wells can be drilled, with Tuesday’s vote marking the latest chapter in a long, bitter and expensive debate that could have a ripple effect in other energy rich states. Proposition

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Colorado voters considering tax hike to fund education

November 4, 2018 — DENVER (AP) — Voters are once again deciding whether to raise income tax rates to fund public education in Colorado — the third such ballot measure in the tax-averse state since 2011. Amendment 73 will increase the state individual income tax rate for people who

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What Garfield County property owners can expect from ballot measures

October 29, 2018 — Only a few issues on the ballot in Garfield County increase property taxes. If every revenue measure passes, a Glenwood Springs resident with a home worth $500,000 would see an $80.95-per-year property tax increase, and a Carbondale resident with an equally-valued property would pay $181.11

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Wyoming watching Colorado’s anti-fracking ballot issue

October 27, 2018 — CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Energy leaders in Wyoming are closely watching the fate of a Colorado ballot initiative that would severely limit fracking on non-federal land in that state. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that Colorado-based opponents of the initiative warn it could drive jobs, capital and

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Grand Valley Fire District voters to decide mill levy increase

October 26, 2018 — Voters throughout Colorado are being asked a series of questions regarding schools, health and safety, transportation and more on this year's coordinated election ballot. But one question being posed by separate ballot to just Grand Valley Fire District voters seeks to increase the fire department's

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Parachute voters deciding on hemp excise tax

October 26, 2018 — Industrial hemp farmers operating within the town of Parachute may see a 5 percent excise tax on product sales should the town's ballot question be approved by voters in this fall's election. Ballot Issue 2B for voters in Garfield County precincts 24 and 25, the

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