Vail Daily editorial: Find those ballots
This year’s general election in Eagle County is on the light side, but it’s still important.
We’ve all been spared this year from the usual election-season barrage of ads running on local radio and Denver TV stations. It’s a welcome reprieve, although professional campaigners are surely stocking up on mud and slime for 2016. We should all enjoy the quiet this year.
On the state level, there’s only one ballot question, Proposition 88, a relatively uncontroversial proposal to allow the state to keep taxes collected from retail marijuana sales that are in excess of the amount stated in the original 2012 ballot issue.
There are school board elections across the county, with rare competition for every available seat on the Eagle County Schools board here in our valley. That’s been unusual, particularly in that there’s a “slate” of candidates backed by the local equivalent of the teachers union.
Colorado Mountain College also has a board election but with just one contested race, between Kathy Goudy and Jon Warnick.
That’s all on the county’s ballot, which can be mailed in or dropped off at offices in Eagle, Avon and, this year, Vail.
A separate ballot asks voters about Eagle-Vail’s request to issue bonds for nearly $11 million in spending, the bulk of which will be dedicated to building a new golf course clubhouse — now called a “community clubhouse” — on a valley-floor location near the community’s pool and pavilion.
It’s hard to tell just how many people are fired up to oppose the measure, but this group of opponents is particularly passionate in the belief this bond measure is a bad idea.
While Avon’s government has been engaged in any number of eyebrow-raising maneuvers during the past year, a quirk of the town charter requires perhaps an almost-frivolous question this fall — a request to approve the town’s sale of roughly 3,000 square feet near The Seasons at Avon building. That sale will aid redevelopment of that building, backers say.
Then there’s Vail, another ballot separate from the county’s, where seven candidates are vying for four seats on the board. Thanks to term limits ending this council stint for Mayor Andy Daly and council member Margaret Rogers, and council member Dale Bugby’s decision not to seek another term, this election will put at least three new people on the board.
That’s a pretty big deal.
The point, of course, is that there’s plenty at stake even in a “quiet” election year. No matter where you live, it’s important to mail in or drop off those ballots so your voice is heard.