Mail ballot will differ across Eagle County
October 5, 2011
EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – It looks like Avon voters will look at the longest ballot in the county.
While there are a number of tax and other questions to decide this fall, people who live in different parts of the county will see different versions of the ballot. Eagle County Clerk and Recorder Teak Simonton said her office has prepared seven different versions of the ballot for voters in different towns and districts. From east to west, here’s a look at what people in the county’s major population centers will see.
Town voters have a separate municipal election this fall, on Nov. 8, so Vail voters will have a short ballot that includes:
• Proposition 103, a statewide question that would raise the state’s income and sales taxes for five years to fund education.
• Proposition 3B, in which the Eagle County School District is requesting a permanent property tax hike to raise local money to cover shortfalls in state education spending.
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• Colorado Mountain College director election. There are two candidates for each of four director districts, all of whom are elected “at large,” which means everyone in the college’s sprawling Western Slope taxing district will vote for them. Candidate profiles will appear in the Vail Daily over the next week or so.
• County voters will decide whether to extend the term limits for the Fifth Judicial District Attorney (currently Mark Hurlburt) to three terms, or 12 years in office. The district attorney can now serve just two terms.
• There’s an election for the Eagle County School District Board of Education, but there are no contested seats.
Tessa Kirchner is running to replace Connie Kincaid-Strahan, who’s leaving due to term limits. Kate Cocchiarella and Thomas Johnson were appointed to fill board vacancies and are running to fill out the final two years of their terms. Carrie Benway and Jeanne McQueeney are each running for re-election.
Voters have the state, county, school district, and college questions and candidates, as well as three others:
• The Eagle River Fire Protection District is asking voters for a temporary property tax increase to cover revenue lost by the recent drop in property values. The proposal would last only until 2019, and raise a maximum of about $1.8 million.
• The town of Avon is asking voters for a .35 percent sales tax increase to fund improved bus service. If passed, the tax would raise an estimated $875,000 per year.
• The town is also asking voters to approve changes to the town charter. The biggest change is allowing the mayor to vote on all matters. Now, the mayor only votes in case of a tie between the other six council members.
Voters will see the state, county, school district, fire district and college questions and candidates.
In addition to the state, county, school district and college candidates and questions, town voters will be asked to double the town’s lodging tax to pay for marketing programs. Money from the current tax is used for open space acquisition.
Voters will choose candidates for the college and school districts, and vote on the state, county and school district ballot questions.
County voters in the Roaring Fork Valley have their own questions, of course, and in the northeast corner of the county, there are 11 voters who live in the West Grand School District.