Tax measures top off-year election ballots |

Tax measures top off-year election ballots

Another election season is about to hit your mailbox.

There are no presidential-wannabes on the ballot and, despite Carbondale Republican Marc Holtzman’s campaign, there aren’t any gubernatorial candidates either.

The Nov. 1 election is mostly about taxes, including referendums C and D, the only county-wide questions to appear on ballots County Clerk Mildred Alsdorf will send out between Oct. 13 and Oct. 17.

The city of Glenwood Springs will simultaneously mail out a separate ballot which will ask voters to approve Ballot Question 2A, which, if approved, will increase the city’s sales tax.

City manager Jeff Hecksel said the new tax, which will amount to a nickel for every $10 spent, will be used for citywide road improvements.

Residents of western Garfield County will receive ballots with additional questions, Alsdorf said.

Question 4B asks New Castle residents whether the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority can continue to levy the existing 0.4 percent sales tax for RFTA’s service in New Castle.

Referred Measure 4A asks Grand River Hospital District residents if they want to limit hospital district board members to three terms.

Question 3A asks Parachute voters to cast ballots for board members. Residents can vote for three of the nine candidates to fill three open seats.

The candidates are H. Wayne Wolchek, Amy Beasley, Gary Munyer, Thomas Matza, Beret Brenckman, Bill Middleton, Danette Christensen, Mary Ellen Denomy and Denise Gallegos.

On Glenwood area ballots, if passed, referendums C and D will allow some provisions of the state’s Taxpayers Bill of Rights to be rolled back for five years.

Under Referendum C, if it is passed, taxpayers won’t receive their annual refund of extra tax dollars the state doesn’t use as mandated by TABOR. The state will keep the money and spend it on education, transportation and fire and police pensions.

If Referendum D is approved, it will allow the state to borrow more than $2 billion for transportation projects, public school and higher education buildings and local fire and police pensions. It would take effect only if Referendum C passes statewide.

Question 2A on the Glenwood Springs city ballot asks voters to increase city taxes by $2.1 million annually by increasing the current one-quarter cent traffic congestion management sales tax to one-half cent. The tax will be set to expire at the end of 2026.

Hecksel said the city will use the tax for four categories of road improvements:

– Basic street maintenance, including crack sealing, pothole filling, and patch and repair work.

– Street reconstruction, including Donegan Road, Polo Road and other streets Hecksel said are worn out.

– Traffic efficiencies and calming, including projects to slow traffic, narrow streets, construct median strips, restripe streets and add signs on roadways.

– The Eighth Street Connection, a project that will directly link Eighth Street with Midland Avenue.

The last day to register to vote in time for the election is Oct. 3. All county ballots must be returned to Alsdorf’s office by 7 p.m. Nov. 1, while city ballots must be returned to the city clerk’s office by the same deadline.

Contact Bobby Magill: 945-8515, ext. 520

Voter Registration Deadline for Nov. 1 Election:

– Oct. 3

Places to register to vote:

– Glenwood Springs County Courthouse, 109 Eighth St., Suite 200, Glenwood Springs

– Garfield County Rifle Annex Office, 144 E. Third St. in Rifle

– Carbondale Town Hall, 511 Colorado Ave. in Carbondale

– New Castle Town Hall, 450 W. Main St. in New Castle

– Silt Town Hall, 231 N. Seventh St. in Silt

– Parachute Town Hall, 222 Grand Valley Way in Parachute

– Colorado Driver’s License Office in Glenwood Springs Mall

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