Pitco mulls ballot, too | AspenTimes.com

Pitco mulls ballot, too

Aspen voters aren’t the only ones likely to face at least one question on this fall’s ballot about funding trains and buses. Pitkin County voters may also be asked for their opinion, though it’s still not clear what they’ll be asked to decide.

County commissioners began discussions yesterday about possible ballot questions to put before county voters this fall, and so far there are two proposals on transit.

A proposal from Commissioner Patti Clapper is similar to the citizens initiative currently under way in Aspen. It would ask county voters to authorize funding that would extend the light-rail system past the airport to Brush Creek Road. City voters may be asked to decide whether to authorize funding to build light rail to the airport.

Clapper’s proposal is not quite complete, but her colleagues said they expected it to be ready by next Tuesday’s meeting of the Elected Officials Transportation Committee.

The other ballot proposal comes from Commissioner Mick Ireland, who noted that it’s pointless to ask voters to fund transit systems when the Colorado Department of Transportation has no plans in the near future to pay for the final leg of highway improvements between Buttermilk and Aspen.

Ireland’s proposal is an advisory question that would set priorities for local governments. In its current, embryonic stage, the question asks voters to select one of six options – valleywide rail, a bus system with dedicated bus lanes, using local money (contingent on CDOT reimbursement) to complete the two-lane parkway into town, four open lanes of traffic, building nothing, or none of the above.

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