Silt to become home-rule municipality – finally
SILT – Nine months after a town trustee proposed the idea, the town of Silt is going forward with plans to move to a home-rule municipality.Trustee David Moore originally suggested in March that the town look into establishing a home-rule charter. At the time, town board members said they didn’t think the municipality was ready.They’ve since changed their minds.At a board meeting on Nov. 28, trustees unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance to initiate home-rule approval for the town and call for an election to establish a home-rule charter commission.”This is just the beginning stage,” Town Administrator Rick Aluise said. “We have to get everything set, first by forming a charter commission.”The charter commission will consist of nine members who must be residents of the town of Silt. Applicants must submit petitions with signatures from at least 25 registered town voters. Petitions are due to the town clerk by Feb. 10, 2006.An election will be held on April 4, 2006, to determine the members of the home-rule charter commission. Voters would then be asked to decide on the home-rule charter in the November 2006 election.Moore said that since his original proposal, the town board has investigated the pros and cons of becoming a home-rule municipality versus its current status as a statutory town governed by state law.”The fact is, this will give us a lot of independence from the state of Colorado and make us free to rule for ourselves for things such as the taxes we collect and making ordinances,” Moore said. “We feel we can create ordinances and codes that are more adaptive to the structure of the town.”Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, New Castle and Rifle are all home-rule municipalities. The town of Parachute is not.New Castle voters approved a home-rule charter in a 1998 election, which was adopted in 1999.”Once the voters are educated about it, I think they will overwhelmingly vote for it – once it’s explained and they find out what the benefits are,” Moore said.Becoming a home-rule municipality would not mean any costs or additional taxes to residents.”This is no money out of people’s pockets,” Moore said.Those interested in details regarding taking out an application to serve on the home-rule charter commission should call town clerk Sheila McIntyre at 876-2353.
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