Polls open today for three elections
Today is election day in Colorado for special districts, including three in Garfield County.
Polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Here is where to vote, and what’s on the ballots:
Carbondale and Rural
Fire Protection District
Polling at the Carbondale, Westbank and Missouri Heights fire stations and at the Church at Redstone.
Three candidates are running for two open seats on the fire district’s board: Lou Eller, Rob Goodwin and Carol Farris.
Two ballot questions: A property tax increase of 1.6 mills; and approval to issue up to $6.75 million in bonds for fire station expansions, a training facility, and new firefighting and lifesaving equipment.
Grand River Hospital District
Polling at Rifle City Hall, Silt Community Center and Parachute Town Hall.
Twelve candidates are running for four open seats on the hospital district’s board: Kirk Beattie, Carolyn Bernhardt, Betty Clifford, Paul Cornett, Kip Costanzo, Tamara Degler, Cynthia George, Robert J. Miller, Mike Mosby, Samuel Potter, Don Prentice and Dr. Jose Luis Rodriguez.
Consolidated Metro District
Polling at the metro district office, 109 Tamarisk Trail.
Five candidates are running for two open seats on the metro district board: Fred Inman, Terry Lynott, Dan Locker, Glenn Walker and Michelle Foster.
One ballot question: Increasing the yearly per-dwelling recreation fee from the current $205 to $215, and allowing the fee to rise or fall in future years as determined by the board, outside tax increase limits imposed by the state Constitution.
Elections for the Glenwood Springs Rural Fire Protection District, Burning Mountains Fire Protection District and Grand Valley Fire Protection District were cancelled because there were no more candidates than open seats, and no ballot questions.
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