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Dear Editor:

The Pitkin County clerk recently blocked distribution of a citizen’s initiative petition mandated under the state constitution – on the grounds that a petition which affects the levy of taxes violates the Pitkin County home rule charter. This is one of the more peculiar political decisions in recent memory.

The ability of Pitkin County voters to advance a ballot question regarding taxation is stated in some of the plainest language to be found in Colorado’s constitution, and everyone knows that a county charter can’t supersede that document. This is not a winnable argument for the county, or one for which there is any apparent point in making.

The petition representatives for the initiative, two of whom successfully obtained the necessary signatures to place city questions on the ballot concerning the design for a new entrance to Aspen, have reluctantly decided to take this new county funding question to the District Court.

On April 14, we filed a complaint for declaratory relief with the court, requesting a declaration of our rights “pertaining to the validity under the Constitution and laws of the state of Colorado of such provisions of the Pitkin County Home Rule Charter.” In other words, we are asking the court to explain to county officials that they need to let us proceed with our petition.

For the curious, a copy of the complaint can be found at by clicking on the “Where’s the petition?” link.

And away we go – again.

Jeffrey Evans


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