Carbondale, Basalt carried Re-1 mill levy ballot question |

Carbondale, Basalt carried Re-1 mill levy ballot question

John Stroud
Post Independent
Aspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – If the Roaring Fork School District Re-1 mill levy override question had been left up to Glenwood Springs voters, the measure would have failed, according to an area-by-area breakdown of voting in last week’s election.

As it turned out, voters in the Carbondale and Basalt portions of the school district made the difference in approving Question 3E by an overall margin of 55 to 45 percent.

According to Garfield County Clerk and Recorder Jean Alberico, counties are not required to prepare a precinct breakdown in elections that are conducted completely by mail ballot.

However, because Carbondale-area voters had a separate ballot type from Glenwood Springs-area voters in the Nov. 1 election, due to the additional Carbondale Fire District mill levy question, the clerk was able to provide separate voting numbers for each area.

The breakdown showed voters in the Glenwood Springs area (from roughly the Westbank turnoff on Highway 82 and north) opposed the $4.8 million Re-1 override question 1,764 against (53 percent) to 1,542 in favor (47 percent).

Garfield County voters in the Carbondale area, meanwhile, were significantly more supportive of the override, voting 1,677 in favor to 1,125 against (60 to 40 percent).

Basalt, which is also included in the Re-1 school district but also draws voters in both Pitkin and Eagle counties, also heavily favored the override, 62 percent to 38 percent, according to tallies from both of those counties.

In the statewide balloting for the failed Proposition 103, which would have raised additional sales and incomes taxes for public education, the Carbondale area and Pitkin County were among the handful of areas that passed the measure.

And the Re-1 mill levy override question was one of just five out of 23 such questions in school districts around the state that passed in the Nov. 1 election. The only other school districts to pass such measures besides Roaring Fork Re-1 were the Byers 32J, Cheyenne Mountain 12, Costilla R-30 and Englewood school districts.

The remainder all failed in the balloting, including the Garfield Re-2 and Garfield District 16 mill levy override questions.

Newly elected Re-1 school board member Matt Hamilton, who chaired the Question 3E campaign committee, credited the success of Re-1’s ballot question to the 150-plus campaign donors and more than 250 volunteers.

“We had tremendous donor and volunteer support, which really helped us to adequately communicate our message,” Hamilton said.

“I just managed the chaos,” he said. “But the win was on the backs of the volunteers who were out there trying to turn out the ‘yes’ vote, and at the same time not alienate anyone.”