Voters decide state, local tax questions today
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Today is the final day to cast ballots in this fall’s coordinated state and local elections, which are being conducted entirely by mail ballot.
In Garfield County, ballots can still be cast at any of the drop-off locations throughout the county, and can still be requested in person at one of the official Voter Service Centers located from Carbondale to Parachute.
Voters are deciding two statewide tax proposals, including Amendment 66, which proposes to raise the state income tax rate to provide additional funding for K-12 education, and Proposition AA, which would impose sales and excise taxes on retail marijuana.
Locally, voters in the Glenwood Springs and Carbondale areas will decide whether to increase the local property tax mill levy to maintain funding for fire protection and ambulance services.
Carbondale voters will also decide whether to impose an additional 5 percent local sales and excise tax on retail marijuana.
Town of Silt voters will decide on a 0.75 percent sales tax increase to fund economic development activities and parks and recreation operations.
And Silt-area voters will also decide whether to allow the Silt Water Conservancy District to keep and spend revenues above state TABOR Amendment limits.
Only two contested races for elected office appear on the ballot in Garfield County, including a race for the Colorado Mountain College board of trustees District 3 seat between incumbent Mary Ellen Denomy and Jay Rickstrew.
Voters in the Garfield School District Re-2 are also deciding a three-way race for the District A school board seat between incumbent Mickie Hosack and challengers Addy Marantino and Shirley Parks.
As of Monday, a total of 9,078 ballots had been completed and returned in Garfield County, out of 28,500 ballots that were sent to active registered voters on Oct. 15, according to the county clerk’s office. That represents about a 32 percent turnout prior to Election Day.
Voters in Garfield County who did not receive a ballot or who misplaced or spoiled the one that was sent to them can still request a ballot at any of the designated Voter Service Centers between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Voter Service Centers are located at the Garfield County Clerk’s offices at the courthouse in Glenwood Springs and the county annex building in Rifle, as well as the county Department of Human Services office in Rifle.
Additional Election Day Voter Service Centers are also located at Carbondale Town Hall, the Glenwood Springs Community Center and Garfield County branch libraries in New Castle, Silt and Parachute.
Voters may obtain ballots and drop-off ballots at all these sites from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today.
Ballot drop-off locations are also located at town halls in Carbondale, New Castle, Silt and Parachute, and outside the Garfield County Courthouse on the Eighth Street side.
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