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Comments on Aspen ballot initiatives due by Sept. 21

Staff report
The Aspen Times
Aspen CO Colorado

ASPEN – Got an opinion on the proposed sales tax increase to benefit the Aspen School District? Want to weigh in on the property tax proposal to help pay for an expansion of the Pitkin County Library?

You’ve got until Sept. 21. That’s the deadline that all comments on Election Day (Nov. 6) ballot items featuring tax increases have to be mailed or emailed to designated elections officials.

Those officials will gather the opinions to write a 500-word-or-fewer summary of the pros and cons of each ballot item that carries a tax component. The summaries will be mailed to county voters in early October.

Pitkin County Clerk and Recorder Janice K. Vos Caudill said the public-comment period and summaries are required under the state’s Taxpayers Bill of Rights approved by Colorado voters in 1992. Under TABOR, local and state governments cannot raise tax rates without voter approval.

The ballot items, designated election officials and contact information include:

• City of Aspen, 0.3 percent sales tax increase for Aspen schools, Kathryn Koch, 130 S. Galena St., Aspen, CO 81611. Email kathryn.koch@ci.aspen.co.us.

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• Basalt and Rural Fire Protection District, mill-levy increase of not more than 3.05 mills, Jennifer Lemke, 1089 JW Drive, Carbondale, CO 81623. Email jlemke@basaltfire.com.

• Pitkin County Library District, property tax increases to raise money for construction and operations of a two-story library expansion, Kathleen Chandler or Tom Oken, 120 N. Mill St., Aspen, CO 81611. Email tomo@co.pitkin.co.us.

• Snowmass Wildcat Fire Protection District, mill-levy increase of not more than 3 mills, Susan Herwick or Steven Sowles, P.O. Box 6435, Snowmass Village, CO 81615. Email ssowles@swfpd.com.

For more information, visit http://www.pitkinvotes.org or call 970-429-2713.

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