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Incumbents and a newcomer elected to Vail Town Council; marijuana tax passes with ease

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James Wilkins votes on Election Day in Vail. Four council seats are up for grabs, and voters across Eagle County will decide several ballot issues. (Chris Dillmann | Vail Daily)

Results from Vail elections

Results from the town of Vail reveal that the four winning candidates for seats on the Vail Town Council are Dave Chapin (646), Jenn Bruno (528), Travis Coggin (420) and Greg Moffet (405). Chapin, Bruno and Coggin are elected to four-year terms. Moffet, who was term-limited to two years anyway, finished with the two-year term. The remainder of the field finished as follows: Rodney Johnson, 354; Mark Gordon, 332; Ed Padilla, 158; Brian Rodine, 151; Taylor Strickland, 115; and Bart Longworth, 81. Read the full results story here.

A ballot measure proposed by the Vail Recreation District passed, with 827 “yes” votes and 595 “no” votes. The 1 mill property tax increase is expected to raise $1.09 million in its first year. The money will be used to tackle a backlog of capital improvements and repairs. Among the repairs is the replacement of two bridges at the Vail Golf Club. Those bridges have an estimated replacement cost of $3 million each.

Results across Eagle County

At 11:35 p.m. Tuesday, Eagle County Clerk Regina O’Brien released the final, unofficial results from Tuesday’s election. With 11,103 total ballots case, here are the results:

Ballot Issue 1A, the proposed marijuana tax to fund mental health services, passed by a nearly 3-to-1 margin — 8,151 “yes” votes to 2,905 “no” votes. Find the full story here.

The town of Eagle’s proposed marijuana tax passed with 1,094 “yes” votes compared to 708 “no” votes.

In the lone contested Eagle County School Board races, voters chose Michele “Shelly” Jarnot by a 2-to-1 margin over Matthew Koch. Jarnot received 4,229 votes to Koch’s 2,085.

In Eagle County, CMC’s proposed tax increase failed, with 4,749 “yes” votes to 5,803 “no” votes.

The Eagle Cemetery District’s proposed tax also is losing, with 1,038 “yes” votes against 1,257 “no” votes.

Eagle County residents, as well as those who reside in Vail, Eagle, Gypsum, Avon and Minturn, are overwhelmingly voting to exempt those jurisdictions from a state law prohibiting government involvement in providing high-speed internet and similar services.

Click here for all of the returns from Eagle County.

On a separate ballot for the Red Sky Ranch Metro District, all 28 voters were unanimous in supporting a sales tax of as much as 5.5 percent, raising $100,000 in the first year to pay for road repairs and other infrastructure needs.

The ballot issues and races

The proposal that’s drawn the most attention is Ballot Question 1A, which proposes imposing sales and excise taxes on recreational marijuana retail and wholesale transactions. The first $1.2 million generated by the taxes would go toward mental health services.

The county ballot also has a race for the Eagle County Schools’ Board of Education. There are four seats on the board up for election this year, but only one of those seats is contested, with incumbents Kate Cocchiarella, Inga Causey and Melisa Rewold-Thuon running unopposed. In District G, Matthew Kock is running against incumbent Shelly Jarnot.

There are three seats up for election on the Colorado Mountain College Board of Trustees. Trustees Charles Cunniffe and Doris Dewton are running unopposed for re-election. In District 3, Randy Winkler is running against incumbent Peg Portscheller.

The six-county college district is also asking voters for a mill levy increase, although that increase is more of a keep-up measure in order to maintain roughly the same property tax revenue in the face of state-mandated mill levy decreases. Ballot Issue 4B asks for a revenue increase “not to exceed” $50,000.

The county’s consolidated ballot also has ballot questions for most county towns.

The town of Red Cliff is asking voters to lift term-limit restrictions from town board members, as well as for a use tax on building materials purchased outside of town.

The towns of Minturn, Avon, Eagle and Gypsum, as well as the county, are asking voters to exempt those jurisdictions from a state law prohibiting government involvement in providing high-speed internet and similar services.

There are no current plans by any of those jurisdictions to have local governments involved in those businesses.

Also on the county ballot is a property tax increase request from the Eagle Cemetery District. The increase would generate an estimated $40,670 in revenue for the district, which currently has an annual operating budget of approximately $53,000. The impact of the increase would be approximately $1.32 per year for each $100,000 of home value.

The additional mill levy proceeds would be used to meet increased water and maintenance costs, develop a website for easier access to cemetery information, modernize record keeping and allow for further development of plots and memorial areas on property already deeded to the district.

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