Glenwood Springs ballot question still unresolved |

Glenwood Springs ballot question still unresolved

Pete FowlerPost Independent StaffGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Apparently, your vote does count. Ballot question 2B is a question that just won’t go away. In initial results it appeared to pass by three votes. Then the margin narrowed to just two votes after a final count, triggering a recount. Thursday’s final results counted 2B passing 722 to 720.If the measure passes, Glenwood Springs won’t be required to publish the full texts of ordinances in newspapers. Instead, it could publish only the titles of ordinances in legal ads, while the full text would be posted on the city’s Web site.”We are going to have to do a recount,” Garfield County Clerk Jean Alberico said. The county coordinated with the city for this year’s mail-ballot election.Alberico said that if the difference between the yes and no counts divided by the higher number is less than .5 percent, a recount must be done. However, she said recounts typically don’t come up with different results.Question 2B was the only item from the election that was close enough to question whether initial results would change. There were 18 people who failed to sign their mail-ballot envelopes and had until Thursday night to do so.The city wanted to pass the question as a cost-saving measure. Officials felt that the city could better inform people at a lower cost by posting all ordinances on its Web site and having them available for inspection at City Hall, instead of paying to publish them in newspaper legal ads. The city questioned whether people even read the fine print.Others believe publishing the ordinances in full provides a convenient and valuable service, and the cost of legal notices is next to nothing compared to the size of government budgets.The final results show that 720 voters didn’t want the city to stop publishing ordinances in newspapers – whether they like to whip open the paper and read legal ads on a sunny morning over coffee, or just didn’t like the idea of the city getting around the cost of legal ads.The city clerk’s office said it spend about $7,000 last year publishing ordinances and other public notices.Contact Pete Fowler: 384-9121pfowler@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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