Aspen, RE-1 voters head to polls
November 6, 2007
ASPEN Voters in the city of Aspen and the Roaring Fork School District head for the polls Tuesday for an off-year election that features five referendums in the city and a school board race for electors in the mid- and lower valley.Aspens ballot features Referendum 2A, which proposes a sales tax and use tax on construction materials to fund city transit services and pedestrian amenities; Referendum 2B, proposing a property tax increase to fund an expanded stormwater management system; Referendum 2C, proposing a bond issue to fund a new hydroelectric facility on Castle Creek; Referendum 2D, authorizing a change in use of open space for the hydroelectric plant; and Referendum 2E, amending the citys home-rule charter to allow instant runoff voting for council elections.In Roaring Fork School District RE-1, which includes schools in Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs, there are races for two of the three seats up for election. Brad Zeigel and Debbie Stone Bruell are vying for the District B seat in Carbondale, and Bruce Wampler and Bill Lamont are running for the District C seat (an area that includes the south end of Glenwood Springs, west side of the Roaring Fork River and up the Crystal River Valley). Myles Rovig is the sole candidate in District D in Glenwood Springs. School board members are elected at large by voters throughout the district, though the candidates must reside within specific director districts.For the school district election, registered voters in the Garfield and Eagle County portions of the district received mail-in ballots. Pitkin County voters who reside in the district will go to the polls at St. Peters Episcopal Church, 200 Elk Run Drive, Basalt, for voters in Basalt, Emma and up the Fryingpan Valley; at the Old Snowmass Fire Station, 1909 Snowmass Creek Road, for residents in Snowmass Creek, Capitol Creek, Old Snowmass and Lazy Glen; and the Church at Redstone, 02134 Redstone Blvd., for voters residing in the Crystal River Valley.Polling places for Aspen voters are:Precincts 1 and 2 Rio Grande meeting room (upper entrance to former Aspen Youth Center), 455 Rio Grande Place, for voters in the Roaring Fork east, Independence Pass and lower Smuggler neighborhoods.Precinct 3 The Common House, 701 Independence Place, for the Red Mountain, Hunter Creek, and north of Gibson Avenue/Park Circle areas.Precincts 4, 5 and 7 Crossroads Church of Aspen, 726 W. Francis St., for the West End, the area north of Main Street and the Cemetery Lane neighborhood.The Pitkin County Clerk & Recorders office is conducting the combined election within the county; votes will be tallied at the clerks office, in the Pitkin County Annex building.All polling places are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.Check http://www.aspentimes.com for election results as they become available Tuesday evening.