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Deadline Friday for ballot input

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With the November election drawing closer, Colorado voters now have a chance to comment on the host of state ballot issues with financial implications.A summary of comments from across the state – both for and against ballot issues – is mailed to voters before the election.However, there is very little time left to make comments, which must be in writing. According to Pitkin County clerk Silvia Davis, comments must be received – not postmarked, but actually received – by the end of the business day this Friday, Sept. 22.The written comments must show which ballot question they are about and whether the comment is for or against the question. Only registered voters eligible to vote on a question can submit comments on the question, and comments must include a signature and the address where the signer is registered to vote.Where to writeThe following is a summary, from Davis, of all the financial ballot questions, along with the political entity sponsoring the question and the name, address and phone number of the specific official designated to receive comments.4 Question 1AEntity: Pitkin County, 530 E Main St. #101, Aspen, CO 81611; Designated official: Silvia Davis, 920-5180, 920-5196 faxSummary: Increase county debt up to $10.2 million (no increase in taxes) for transit projects including improvements on Highway 82 from Buttermilk to Seventh and Main Street, Snowmass Village transportation improvements, improvements to bus stops, maintenance facility improvements and buses and affordable housing for RFTA or successor.4 Question 4BEntity: Pitkin County, 530 E Main St. #101, Aspen, CO 81611; Designated official: Silvia Davis, 920-5180, 920-5196 faxSummary: Establish the Rural Transportation Authority (RTA) for currently provided bus services, plus expanded mass transit in accordance with an intergovernmental agreement among other governmental entities. Pitkin County’s share will be 0.7215 percent of its existing 1.5 percent transportation sales tax.4 Question 2AEntity: City of Aspen, 130 S. Galena St., Aspen, CO 81611; Designated official: Kathryn Koch, 920-5060, 920-5197 faxSummary: Increase taxes up to $1,250,000 by imposing a new 1 percent visitor benefit tax on rooms or commercial lodging for transient persons for a tourism promotion fund; 50 percent for RTA and 50 percent to promote tourism.4 Question 2BEntity: City of Aspen, 130 S. Galena St., Aspen, CO 81611; Designated official: Kathryn Koch, 920-5060, 920-5197 faxSummary: Increase taxes up to $2,286,000 by imposing an additional 0.5 percent sales tax from 2001 to 2025 and increase debt of up to $38 million for trails, recreation and open space properties and facilities.4 Question 2CEntity: City of Aspen, 130 S. Galena St., Aspen, CO 81611; Designated official: Kathryn Koch, 920-5060, 920-5197 faxSummary: Authorization to retain and spend amounts in excess of the TABOR limits from 2000 through 2004 for the Iselin Park recreational complex, including the swimming pool and the Aspen Youth Center within the complex, add a privately-funded ice rink, and fund a capital reserve and operating fund for the facilities.4 Question 4CEntity: Town of Basalt, 101 Midland Ave., Basalt, CO 81621; Designated official: Pam Schilling, 927-4701 ext. 213, 927-4703 faxSummary: Increase RTA taxes levied in town of Basalt $144,490 by a 0.2 percent RTA sales and use tax levied starting January 2001 upon every transaction on which a sales or use tax is levied by the state. Establish the RTA for currently provided bus services plus expanded mass transit in accordance with an intergovernmental agreement among other governmental entities. Other funding will be provided by other governmental entities.4 Question 3AEntity: Aspen School District No. 1 RE, 0235 High School Rd., Aspen, CO 81611; Designated official: Vicki Johnson, 925-3760 ext. 4001, 925-5721 faxSummary: Increase debt up to $40,900,000 and increase taxes up to $4,178,000 for remodeling and improving the high school and other buildings, school grounds and equipment and furnishings related to the construction projects.4 Question 4AEntity: Colorado Mountain Junior College Dist., 215 Ninth Street, Box 10001, Glenwood Springs, CO 81602; Designated official: Judith Hayward c/o Antonio Black, 947-8365, 947-8385 faxSummary: Question for authorization of collection and expenditure of revenues in excess of the limitation set by Article X, Section 20 of the state constitution.4 Question 4FEntity: Basalt Sanitation Dist., Box 527, Basalt, CO 81621; Designated official: Michelle Tulleners, 927-3698, 927-8307 faxSummary: Increase debt $3,250,000 and increase taxes $272,000 annually for refunding revenue bonds and financing wastewater treatment system improvements.4 Question 5AEntity: East Aspen Metropolitan District, 201 N. Mill St. #201, Aspen, CO 81611; Designated official: B. Joseph Krabacher, 925-8300, 925-1181 faxSummary: Increase taxes up to $48,872.41 annually by a property tax of no more than 0.56 mills for acquiring larvae inhibitors and supplies, and for other expenditures for necessary mosquito abatement control.4 Question 5CEntity: Starwood Water Dist., 0121 Stewart Drive, Aspen, CO 81611; Designated official: Julia Johnston, 925-8939, 925-5870 faxSummary: Increase debt $1,000,000 and increase taxes $103,575 annually for street improvements.4 Question 5EEntity: Proposed Fivetrees Metropolitan District, 17000 Lincoln Street #3800, Denver, CO 80203; Designated official: Susan Schledorn, 303-839-3912, 303-839-3838 faxSummary: Increase taxes $250,000 for district’s operations, maintenance and other expenses.4 Question 5FEntity: Proposed Fivetrees Metropolitan District, 17000 Lincoln Street #3800, Denver, CO 80203; Designated official: Susan Schledorn, 303-839-3912, 303-839-3838 faxSummary: Question for authorization of collection and expenditure of revenues in excess of the limitation set by Article X, Section 20 of the state constitution.4 Mail Ballot Question 4Entity: Proposed Buttermilk Metropolitan District c/o Patrick & Stowell, 730 E. Durant Ave. #200, Aspen, CO 81611; Designated official: Joyce Arnico, 920-1028, 925-6847 faxSummary: Increase taxes $456,000 to pay the district’s operations, maintenance and other expenses.4 Mail Ballot Question 5Entity: Proposed Buttermilk Metropolitan District c/o Patrick & Stowell, 730 E. Durant Ave. #200, Aspen, CO 81611; Designated official: Joyce Arnico, 920-1028, 925-6847 faxSummary: Question for authorization of collection and expenditure of revenues in excess of the limitation set by Article X, Section 20 of the state constitution.4 Mail Ballot Question 4Entity: Proposed Holland Hills Metropolitan District c/o Patrick and Stowell, 730 E. Durant Ave., #200, Aspen, CO 81611; Designated official: Kent Schuler, 920-2006, 925-3531 faxSummary: Increase taxes $129,900 to pay the district’s operations, maintenance and other expenses.4 Mail Ballot Question 5Entity: Proposed Holland Hills Metropolitan District c/o Patrick and Stowell, 730 E. Durant Ave., #200, Aspen, CO 81611; Designated official: Kent Schuler, 920-2006, 925-3531 faxSummary: Question for authorization of collection and expenditure of revenues in excess of the limitation set by Article X, Section 20 of the state constitution.


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