Home-rule vote just the first step | AspenTimes.com

Home-rule vote just the first step

Aspen Times Staff

Eagle County’s debate about whether to go to a home-rule style of government isn’t a simple yes or no question.In this election, voters will be asked if the idea should be pursued, with expenses covered by the county’s general fund. Voters will also be asked to select 11 members of a charter commission from a list of 21 candidates.Voters will select three of five candidates from District 1; three of six candidates from District 2; three of six from District 3, which includes the Roaring Fork Valley; and two of four at-large candidates.Four candidates are running from the Roaring Fork Valley: Harvie Branscomb, Robert Schultz, Jacque Whitsitt and Michael Bair.If voters decide they want to look further into the idea of a home-rule government, the charter commission will have 240 days to draft proposed rules of governance, also known as the charter. Voters will have a chance to ratify or reject that charter at a later election.Voters will also be asked in this election if they favor prohibiting smoking in all public places, including restaurants and bars, in Eagle County. It’s an advisory vote.Commissioner Arn Menconi pushed to get it on the ballot. He hopes towns in Eagle County will look at the results from their areas and determine if they should enact a smoking ban.

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