Glenwood officially opposes Referendum A |

Glenwood officially opposes Referendum A

Greg Masse
Post Independent Staff

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – The Glenwood Springs City Council joined the majority of Western Slope governments Thursday by unanimously voting to oppose Referendum A.

The referendum, which would allow Colorado to bond up to $2 billion for unspecified water projects, has been condemned in Western Colorado as a blank check for the state government.

Opponents also claim the referendum could allow the Front Range to gain access to Western Slope water without compensation.

Council’s vote means the city will join most Western Slope cities and counties in signing a letter that condemns the referendum.

Eagle County Commissioner Arn Menconi, one of the driving forces behind the anti-Referendum A movement, said he was pleased to hear Glenwood Springs had joined the fight.

“The big story is what the voters are going to do statewide,” Menconi said. “The West Slope will vote against it, but they’re only 8 percent of the vote.”

He said the main thrust of the opposition effort is to spread information to voters who live on the Front Range.

“They’re being delivered this snow job that if they don’t approve it, we’ll lose water to California,” he said. “It’s a wonderful fear tactic that has nothing to do with the issue.”

Contact Greg Masse: 945-8515, ext. 511

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