Garco voters to decide on RFTA issue
Whether Garfield County will become a member of the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority is a decision that will lie with voters living in unincorporated Garfield County in November.On Monday, county commissioners Trési Houpt and Larry McCown voted to put the question on the ballot this fall. Commissioner John Martin voted against putting the question to the voters.When the question appears on the ballot, it will consist of three parts. Voters must agree to all three parts in order to pass the question.”It’s all or nothing,” Houpt said.Monday was the third and final time that the RFTA membership question has come before the commissioners. If the question passes in November, the county would join seven other communities that are already RFTA members: Aspen, Snowmass Village, Basalt, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs and unincorporated sections of Pitkin and Eagle counties.New Castle and Silt are considering putting a RFTA question on their ballots. The city of Rifle has declined to ask for voter approval to join RFTA at this time because of a number of other tax questions appearing on its November ballot already. Voters living in unincorporated Garfield County will need to answer the following questions:• Shall unincorporated Garfield County levy a 0.6 percent tax (6 cents on each $10 purchase) starting Jan. 1, 2005, on every transaction excluding food for home consumption (the tax breaks out to 0.4 percent going towards RFTA membership, and 0.2 percent going to fund other Garfield County transportation and trail needs and services) to pay for transportation?• Shall unincorporated Garfield County become a member of RFTA, established for providing mass transit and other transportation services?• Do residents living in unincorporated Garfield County agree to pay an annual $10 vehicle registration fee imposed by RFTA?
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