Deadline Friday for commenting on ballot issues
Area voters are reminded the deadline is Friday for submitting comments for publication regarding the Nov. 2 ballot issues.Colorado election law allows any voter to submit written comments about financial ballot issues. These comments are summarized in a booklet that is mailed to all registered voters. The comments may be either for or against the proposed ballot issues.Comments must be sent to the specifically designated election official for each district at the district’s address. Exact language of the ballot questions is available from these individuals.Comments must be received (not postmarked) by the end of the business day on Friday.Submitted comments must indicate which ballot question is being addressed and whether the comments are for or against the proposal. Only registered voters who are eligible to vote on the question can submit comments on the question, and comments must include a signature and the address where the signer is registered to vote.The following issues are open to comment:-Pitkin County – Question 1A – to increase county property tax and general obligation indebtedness to continue to purchase, improve and maintain open space and trails; Silvia Davis; 530 E. Main St. No. 101; Aspen. Fax: 920-5196.-City of Aspen – Question 200 – increase city debt to contribute to the construction of a light-rail transportation system; Kathryn Koch; 130 S. Galena St.; Aspen. Fax: 920-5197.-City of Aspen – Question 2A – to increase city sales taxes by .21 percent for five years to finance the purchase of Bass Park for use of the property entirely as a public park.-City of Aspen Question 2B – to increase city sales taxes by .105 percent for five years to finance one-half of the purchase of Bass Park for use of one-half of the property as a public park and the remaining half for an affordable housing project.-City of Aspen Question 2C – to increase city debt for a dedicated, exclusive busway from Buttermilk ski area to Main Street.-City of Aspen Question 2D – authorization to spend $158,275 in excess property taxes for pedestrian improvements.-Town of Snowmass Village Question 1 – authorization to retain all revenues from mitigation fees for removal of an accessory employee unit as an employee housing unit for acquisition, construction, rehabilitation and operation of affordable employee housing; Trudi Worline; P.O. Box 5010; Snowmass Village. Fax: 923-6083.-Town of Snowmass Village Question 2 – to increase town taxes by the enactment of a 10-year maximum limited excise tax for a lot owner in detached single-family residential areas only who constructs, remodels or expands improvements in excess of a determined allowable floor area to be used for the acquisition, construction and rehabilitation of affordable employee housing.-Aspen Fire Protection District Question 5A – authorization to retain and spend its full revenues; Jan Osnes; 420 E. Hopkins Ave.; Aspen. Fax: 920-4451.-Roaring Fork School District Question 3A – to increase property taxes to meet the school district’s strategic plan by attracting and retaining a qualify staff, maintaining a lower student-teacher ratio in grades K-3, and providing technology resources; Joan Telinde; 1405 Grand Ave.; Glenwood Springs. Fax: 945-9240.-State of Colorado Question A – to increase state debt to fund transportation projects; Donetta Davidson, secretary of state; 1560 Broadway; Suite 200; Denver, CO 80202. Fax: (303) 894-2242 or (303) 894-7732.
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