River district takes position against three ballot issues
The Colorado River District’s Board of Directors is opposing three state measures on the Nov. 7 ballot.Meeting in Glenwood Springs this week, the board unanimously came out against Amendment 40, which would limit the terms of state Supreme Court and appeals court judges. The board is worried about the loss of valuable experience on those courts, which could lead to difficulty in considering complicated water cases.The board also believes Amendment 41, which is aimed at lobbying reform, goes too far. As one example, it would prohibit the district’s practice of holding a five-week water education program for lawmakers at which lunch is served.The board also reaffirmed its opposition to Amendment 38. The measure would make every governmental decision at every level subject to petition, and prevent the subject entity and its staff from supplying information on an issue, even if that information is public information, the district said in a news release. Board members also were concerned about the cost to taxpayers of funding continual elections and the ease by which bad proposals could be put on the ballot.In other action, the board approved its 2007 budget. Due to the growth in property valuations in the 15-county district, the river district mill levy will be reduced for 2007 to 0.22 mills. Generally, that means that homeowners in the district will pay somewhere between $3 and $7 annually, depending on the value of their home.The district was formed in 1937 to look out for western Colorado water interests on matters involving transmountain diversions and the Colorado River Compact of 1922. It also conserves water and develops it for human and environmental purposes.
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