Crunch time for Eagle County home rule
Aspen, CO Colorado
EAGLE COUNTY ” Residents will have one last opportunity to voice their opinions on a new draft of the home rule government reform charter before the Eagle County commissioners vote to send it back to a ballot or let it die.
The proposal that, among other measures, would expand the board of county commissioners from three to five members and establish a seat to represent constituents in the Roaring Fork Valley, was rejected by voters in November.
The citizens home rule commission will hold a public comment session in the commissioners chamber in the Eagle County Building in Eagle from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, and will then officially meet for a vote to give the charter to the county commissioners, who have the final say over whether the measures goes back to a ballot.
The county commissioners have set a special meeting at 8 a.m., Friday, solely for the purpose of sending the charter to a vote.
“We have no choice but to send it forward, according to our county attorney,” Eagle County Commissioner Arn Menconi said.
The Colorado Constitution provides for a second attempt on ballot initiatives as long as the second election is held within 180 days from the first. If approved by county commissioners on Friday, ballots will be mailed out to voters on April 2, and will be due back on May 1.
Eagle County stretches from north of Vail and Gypsum to the Roaring Fork Valley in its southeast corner, where it encompasses El Jebel and part of Basalt. Although the home rule measure was defeated countywide last November, it prevailed in the valley, where residents have long felt under-represented by commissioners elected from areas along the Interstate 70 corridor to the north.
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