County RFTA decision headed to ballot
It’s going to a vote.Garfield County commissioners on Monday agreed to put a question on the November ballot asking voters outside city limits to decide if Garfield County should join the Roaring Fork Transit Authority. The county’s membership would provide funding for the multicounty bus service. Garfield County Commissioner Trési Houpt explained that putting the question on the ballot puts the decision of whether Garfield County should join RFTA squarely on voters.”This truly puts a tax question like this to the public,” Houpt said. Joining RFTA would result in a 0.4 percent county sales tax in unincorporated areas, and a yearly $10 fee for residents of unincorporated areas registering their vehicles in Garfield County.Glenwood Springs and Carbondale already belong to RFTA. Voters in some down-valley communities may be asked whether to join as well.Commissioners asked for the ballot to include a provision that would require all money coming from the county to stay in the county to maintain service on Interstate 70, Highway 82 and other roadways RFTA uses.The money raised would also go towards bus stops and bus lanes. Houpt is hopeful that now that the voters will get the final decision, they’ll vote to fund the service.”I’m thrilled,” she said about Monday’s approval. “This vote will allow our constituency to decide on RFTA’s benefits.”It also should help other communities in the county – New Castle and Silt – make a decision to help move RFTA along,” she added. Contact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext. email@example.com
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