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Vail voters to consider charter amendments

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Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – Vail voters will be asked to consider amendments to the Town of Vail Charter during the November election. A resolution setting the special election questions will be reviewed by the Vail Town Council at its Tuesday meeting following an earlier review on Aug. 7.-

The Town Council is contemplating six ballot questions to update the Town Charter, which was first adopted by voters in 1972 and has been amended several times through the years. The proposed ballot questions for the upcoming Nov. 6 election include the following:

Ballot Question No. 1

Shall all references to the masculine gender in the Vail Town Charter be amended to be gender-neutral?

Ballot Question No. 2

Shall the words “following the first Monday” be deleted from Section 2.3 of the Vail Town Charter, so that town of Vail elections will fall on the first Tuesday in November, consistent with other elections in the state?-

Ballot Question No. 3

Because federal and state election laws have changed so that an election commission is no longer necessary or warranted, shall Section 2.5 of the Vail Town Charter, requiring an election commission, be repealed in its entirety?

Ballot Question No. 4

Because state law provides adequate procedures for initiative and referendum, shall the sections of the Vail Town Charter addressing those issues, Sections 5.3, 5.4, 5.5 and 5.6, be repealed in their entirety, and shall Section 5.2 be amended to read as follows:

“The procedures for initiative and referendum shall be as provided in state statute governing municipal initiative and referendum.”

Ballot Question No. 5

Because Section 8.4 of the Vail Town Charter currently refers to a separate Planning Commission and a separate Environmental Commission, and because the town has a single, combined Planning and Environmental Commission, shall Section 8.4 of the Town of Vail Town Charter be repealed in its entirety, and shall Section 8.3 of the Vail Town Charter be amended to read as follows:

“There shall be established a seven-member planning and environmental commission appointed by the council. Members of the planning and environmental commission shall be residents of the town of Vail and registered electors. The terms of appointment to the planning commission shall be two years on an overlapping basis. The functions of the planning and environmental commission shall be defined by ordinance and include but not be limited to aesthetic, architectural, environmental and ecological coordination and planning relating to the enhancement and the preservation of the quality of life.”

In addition to the procedural and definition update questions, the Town Council has been discussing whether to forward a ballot issue to amend the charter as it relates to a historic interpretation that sales tax revenues be split 50-50 between the general fund and the capital projects fund within the annual budget process. In the past, a super majority override vote by the Town Council has been used to make adjustments to the split.

During the Aug. 21 meeting, the council will discuss whether it will pursue a charter amendment to add additional clarification to the annual sales tax appropriation or possibly ask voters to eliminate the current language. An alternative is to address the split through the adoption of an ordinance.

The discussion item is listed ninth on the Town Council meeting agenda. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. and public comment will be taken. To comment in advance of the meeting, email the Town Council at towncouncil@vailgov.com or call the Town Council’s voice mail at 479-1860, ext. 8.


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