Rifle City Council ponders two ballot measures | PostIndependent.com

Rifle City Council ponders two ballot measures

RIFLE – City Council members are looking at putting two questions on the ballot for November’s general election asking whether they can retain excess funds from the 1-cent parks and recreation tax and if term limits can be extended.A third possible ballot question about lifting the residency requirement for key city personnel was deemed to be a charter amendment that will be addressed with other charter amendments, according to Mayor Keith Lambert.The city wants to ask voters whether or not it can keep the excess funds collected through the 1-cent sales tax for park and recreation, which was approved by voters in September 2005. The sales tax has exceeded the $1.7 million projected revenue and under the TABOR amendment, the city must get voter approval to keep the excess funds.If the money is retained, it would still be earmarked only for parks and recreation improvements.The city would also like to extend the current term limits for elected officials with the hopes that it would benefit from retaining councilors who have long-term knowledge of city affairs.Currently, councilors can serve a maximum of two four-year terms. The extension would allow them to serve three four-year terms.”We’ve asked staff to prepare these ordinances, and we’ll decide at our next meeting on June 7 whether or not to put them on the ballot,” Lambert said.

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