Eagle County’s 2023 ballot is complete; it will go in the mail Oct. 16 to registered voters
Ballots are specific to the towns where voters are registered
This year’s ballot for Eagle County voters will be mailed Oct. 16. The ballot is a short one compared with even-year elections, but there are still plenty of decisions to make.
The ballot voters receive depends on the address on their registration. Voters in the towns of Vail and Eagle have Town Council races to decide. While 10 people are seeking four council seats in Vail, only three people are running for three available seats on the Eagle Town Council. The Eagle County School District also has just three people running for three seats on that board.
Voters will only see ballots for the towns in which they’re registered. The same is true for voters in the Eagle County, Roaring Fork and West Grand school districts.
All county voters will see this year’s choices for the Colorado Mountain College Board of Trustees. Only one board seat is contested this year, with Marianne Virgili and David Use vying for the District 2 seat.
All voters will also see the state’s two ballot questions, Proposition HH, which aims to rein in property taxes, and Proposition II, which asks voters if the state can retain and spend revenues from taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco and nicotine products. That money, an estimated $23.650 million, will go toward aiding state preschool programs. That money represents tax collections in excess of those previously declared for the tax.
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Similarly, county voters will also see Eagle County Ballot Issue 1A, which asks voters if the county can keep and spend all the revenues collected from the 2% county lodging tax, originally passed in 2022.
The Eagle County School District is asking voters a pair of revenue questions this year.
Ballot Issue 5A asks voters for a $3.5 million property tax increase in 2024. That tax hike’s purposes are listed as, but not limited to attracting staff, enhancing school safety, mental health services and maintaining programs including art, music and physical education.
The district’s Ballot Issue 5B asks for a $100 million debt increase — paid for with property tax revenue. That measure would fund employee housing, security, an expansion of early childhood education, school repairs and updating playgrounds, gyms, locker rooms and athletic facilities.
Ballots have already been mailed to eligible overseas and military voters. Ballots will be mailed Oct. 16 to other voters. The county’s 24-hour ballot boxes open that day. Vote centers open Oct. 30 in Eagle, El Jebel and Avon.
The last day to submit via mail or online an updated application to register to vote and replacement ballot by mail is Oct. 30. After that date, people have to make in-person visits to the county’s voting center.
Election Day this year is Nov. 7. Polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and mail and other ballots must be received by then. Ballots dropped into any Colorado county-controlled drop box or vote center will be counted, but must be received by 7 p.m. The Eagle County Clerk and Recorder’s Office also has online resources for voters available at EagleCounty.us.