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Pitco tax vote today

Allyn Harvey
Aspen Times Staff Writer

When voters step to the polls today they’ll be looking at a ballot filled mostly with uncontested primary races with only one name to choose from. The operative word is “mostly.”

In Pitkin County, there is one referendum question that really matters, and Eagle County Republicans will have two candidates to choose from in the county assessor race.

The Pitkin County question is Referendum 1A, placed on the ballot by the county commissioners. It asks voters for permission to amend the county’s home rule charter, the document that outlines county governance, so property taxes can be figured the same way here as everywhere else in the state.

Currently, Pitkin County is bound by a formula that is even tougher about government taxing and spending than the notoriously stingy Taxpayer Bill of Rights, the state constitutional amendment that limits property tax increases to inflation plus growth. If voters approve the question, Pitkin County will be bound by the Taxpayer Bill of Rights, just like everywhere else in the state.

There are three ballots printed for the primary election, one each for Republicans, Democrats and independents. The GOP ballot contains the names of party candidates for federal and state offices and Question 1A; the Democratic ballot has a separate list of candidates for all the same federal and state offices and Question 1A; the independent ballot only contains Question 1A.

Eagle County voters will see the only contested race in the mid- and upper valley. It pits Joyce Mack against Jody (G.J.) Caruthers. The winner of the primary will become the assessor because there is no one from the Democratic Party vying for the seat.

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The most competitive race in Eagle County – and the state’s 2nd Congressional District – is for University of Colorado regent. Both parties have two candidates vying for a place on the November general election ballot, and ultimately the job of representing the newly reconfigured 2nd Congressional District on the governing board of the state’s most important educational institution. The Democratic candidates are Cindy Carlisle and Robert E. Sievers. The Republicans are Howard Wachtel and Jim Martin.

All of the uncontested candidates in today’s election will proceed to the general election ballot.

There are two polling places for residents of Eagle County who live in the Roaring Fork Valley. Basalt Town Hall serves voters from Precinct 7, and the El Jebel Community Center is the voting locale for people living in precincts 8, 24 and 25.

Pitkin County is divided into 10 precincts, each with its own polling place.

Precinct 1, including Roaring Fork East, Independence Pass and lower Smuggler Mountain, votes at the Aspen Youth Center;

Precinct 2, including Aspen neighborhoods south of Main Street, Ute Avenue and Shadow Mountain, votes at St. Mary’s Church on Main Street;

Precinct 3, Red Mountain, Hunter Creek and neighborhoods north of Gibson Avenue and Park Circle, votes at The Common House, 701 Independence Place;

Precinct 4, Aspen north of Main Street and west of Mill Street and Cemetery Lane, votes at the First Baptist Church, 726 W. Francis St.;

Precinct 5, Maroon Creek and Castle Creek, the Airport Business Center and Starwood, votes at the Health and Human Services Building next to the hospital;

Precinct 6, Snowmass Village, votes at the Snowmass Chapel and Community Center;

Precinct 7, Woody Creek, Brush Creek and Aspen Village, votes at Colorado Mountain College across from the airport;

Precinct 8, Snowmass and Capitol creeks, Old Snowmass and Lazy Glen, votes at the Old Snowmass Fire Station on Snowmass Creek Road;

Precinct 9, Basalt, Emma and the Fryingpan River Valley, votes at Basalt High School;

Precinct 10, the Crystal River Valley, votes at the Church at Redstone on Redstone Boulevard.

[Allyn Harvey’s e-mail address is aharvey@aspentimes.com]