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Pro, con statements go out to voters

Glenwood Springs and New Castle voters this week are receiving pro and con statements on tax issues to be decided in the two communities on Nov. 1.

Garfield County Clerk Mildred Alsdorf handled the mailings. However, Glenwood Springs voters should be aware that they will be mailed a separate city ballot that will be used to decide whether to approve a half-cent Glenwood Springs street maintenance and reconstruction tax. The city is holding its own mail-in election on the issue.

Glenwood Springs voters also will be receiving a separate county ballot so they can decide on two state tax issues, Referendums C and D.



Pro and con statements for tax issues must be mailed under a requirement of Colorado’s Taxpayers Bill of Rights, or TABOR, amendment.

New Castle voters are being asked whether to continue an existing 0.4 percent Roaring Fork Transportation Authority tax, and to let RFTA keep all revenues from the tax by exempting it from TABOR revenue and spending limits.



Alsdorf said the county will be sending out a total of four different ballots this fall. All will have the state tax measures on them. One also will have the New Castle tax measure, a third will let voters decide on Grand River Hospital District board term limits, and a fourth will include the Parachute town board election in which nine candidates are vying for three seats.

Alsdorf said Glenwood Springs should be mailing its ballots around Oct. 12, and she probably will send hers out around Oct. 13-14, “so they don’t both hit people at the same time.”

Both ballots can be returned by mail.

“If they get a ballot from the city, they send it back to the city,” she said. “If they get a ballot from me, they mail it back to me.”

Ballots are due back by Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. Alsdorf said one stamp will be enough to cover the cost of mailing, unlike last fall’s ballot, which was so large it required 60 cents in postage.

County ballots also will be accepted at the Garfield County Courthouse in downtown Glenwood Springs and at the Rifle Annex, 144 E. Third St. A county drop box that once was used to collect ballots at the courthouse won’t be available because of new election laws. The laws prohibit people from bringing in more than five ballots at a time, so ballots must be collected in person to enforce that limit, Alsdorf said.

City ballots will be accepted at City Hall, 101 W. Eighth St., Glenwood.

Monday was the last day to register to vote for this fall’s election. Alsdorf said people wanting to know whether they are registered should call her office.

Anyone who has moved should visit her office if they have yet to change their address, she said.


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