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Towns plan election information sessions

RIFLE ” Learn about the election issues and meet the county candidates for the Nov. 7 general election at the 2006 Election Forum from 7-10 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 5, at Rifle City Hall.

The city is the only municipality in the county with three local questions on its ballot ” removing term limits on city council members; retention of revenues in excess of projections from the 1-cent sales tax for parks and recreation; and providing a 0.2 percent increase in sales tax to form a transportation district that would include contributing funding to the RFTA bus service.

The forum is being put on jointly by the Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce, KMTS radio and Channel 13.



“We’re going to talk about the ballot issues as well as the county candidates,” said Andrea Maddalon, administrative assistant for the Rifle chamber. “We’ll have representatives for both sides of the issues and give (the candidates) the opportunity to introduce themselves and accept questions from the audience.

The county positions up for election include clerk, assessor, treasurer, surveyor and county commissioner.



Questions should be submitted in advance and addressed to the county position and not a particular candidate. They may be e-mailed to mail@riflechamber.com, faxed to 625-4757 or dropped off at the chamber office, 200 Lions Park Circle by the Rifle rest area off Interstate 70.

The city of Glenwood Springs has no ballot questions, but will be hosting an “Issues and Answers Night” at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at Glenwood Springs City Hall, 101 W. Eighth St. The forum will focus on county office candidates. Citizens may phone in their questions to the candidates, and questions will be taken from the audience.

Although no election forums are scheduled, the towns of Silt and Parachute each have a ballot question to move to a home rule municipality.

Carbondale has reserved a space to possibly vote on a Clean Renewable Energy Bill on the November ballot to allow state and federal bonds to pay for energy improvements. It would not raise taxes, although it would incur debt to the town.

New Castle has no questions on the ballot, but is simultaneously conducting a special mail ballot election for a position on the Town Council.

A debate on energy issues between gubernatorial candidates Bob Beauprez and Bill Ritter will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 4, in the Rifle High School auditorium. The debate is being hosted by the Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado. For more information, contact the AGNC at 625-1723.


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