Re-1 term limits revoked, Burning Mountains tax passes by narrow margins
Garfield County’s vote tallies weren’t finalized until 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, but the results of major races did not change from preliminary vote counts.Voter turnout was 54 percent, with a total of 13,845 people casting ballots. Precinct totals will not be available until later this week or early next week, said Garfield County Clerk Mildred Alsdorf.Two ballot questions that were too close to call at press time now have more clear results.By a spiral-notebook-thin margin of 194 votes, voters in the Roaring Fork School District Re-1 opted to revoke term limits for school board members, 4,157-3,963, a 50.8 percent majority.By a match-thin margin of 61 votes, the Burning Mountains Fire Protection District won voter approval to increase the district’s property tax by 1.477 mills.The increase will fund three full-time daytime paid firefighters, upgrade water supply equipment and purchase new district vehicles.It will add to the district’s previous tax of 4.625 mills, adding $214 in taxes for the owner of a $500,000 business property and $29 in taxes for the owner of a $200,000 home.In three races for county offices, two incumbents were turned out and one re-elected.Trsi Houpt, a Glenwood Springs Democrat, ousted Republican incumbent Walt Stowe, of Glenwood Springs, for the District 1 Garfield County commissioner seat.Lou Vallario, a Glenwood Springs Republican, ousted Democrat incumbent Tom Dalessandri, of Carbondale, in the race for Garfield County sheriff.Incumbent Garfield County Treasurer Georgia Chamberlain, a Carbondale Democrat, was re-elected to her fifth term in office, winning against challenger Cheryl Chandler, a Silt Republican.In the race for the statehouse 61st District seat, incumbent Gregg Rippy, a Glenwood Springs Republican, won a second term in office, topping challengers Rick Davis, a Glenwood Springs Democrat, and Abba Krieger, of Carbondale, running for the Natural Law Party.
County Commissioner District 1Trsi Houpt, D – 7,112 votes, 53 percentWalt Stowe, R – 6,355 votes, 47 percentCounty Clerk and RecorderMildred Alsdorf, R – 12,137 votes, 100 percentCounty TreasurerGeorgia Chamberlain, D – 7,859 votes, 59 percentCheryl Chandler, R – 5,554 votes, 41 percentCounty AssessorShannon Hurst, R – 11,213 votes, 100 percentCounty SheriffLou Vallario, R – 7,567 votes, 56 percentTom Dalessandri, D – 6,067 votes, 44 percentCounty CoronerTrey Holt, R – 11,618 votes, 100 percentState House of Representatives, District 61(vote counts from Garfield, Eagle, Pitkin, Gunnison and Hinsdale counties)Gregg Rippy, R – 11,496 votes, 52 percentRick Davis, D – 9,676 votes, 44 percentAbba Krieger, NLP – 967 votes, 4 percentRetention of Garfield County Judge Stephen CarterYes: 9,098 votes, 78 percentNo: 2,557 votes, 22 percentLocal ballot questions:2A – Carbondale Home RuleYes: 797 votes, 68 percentNo: 369 votes, 32 percentCarbondale Charter Commission (9 seats, 10 candidates)Fred Williams, 739 votesGene Schilling, 724 votesRussell Criswell, 637 votesDavid Rippe, 627 votesLeslie Lamont, 602 votesJohn Foulkrod, 589 votesDebbie Quinn, 554 votesRo Mead, 546 votesJohn Hoffmann, 503 votesRandy Schutt, 490 votes3A – Roaring Fork School District Re-1 revocation of school board term limits (with Eagle County votes)Yes: 4,157 votes, 50.8 percentNo: 3,963 votes, 49.2 percent4A – Colorado River Water Conservation District mill levy increase (with votes from all 15 counties in the district)No: 66,946 votes, 55 percentYes: 53,745 votes, 45 percent4B – Carbondale & Rural Fire District de-Bruceing (with Gunnison County votes)Yes: 2,210 votes, 82 percentNo: 479 votes, 18 percent4C – Carbondale & Rural Fire District revocation of board term limits (with Gunnison County votes)Yes: 1,540 votes, 58 percentNo: 1,117 votes, 42 percent5A – Burning Mountains Fire Protection District mill levy increaseYes: 1,293 votes, 51 percentNo: 1,232 votes, 49 percent
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Home values from Silt to Parachute are way up, according to tax assessors. That will contribute to a higher tax bill next year.