RFTA tax wins big in final tally
ASPEN ” Mass transit proponents didn’t spin their wheels in this election. They successfully convinced voters to fund the expansion of the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority.
The final vote tallies from Pitkin County and parts of Garfield and Eagle counties show a sales tax hike for RFTA won big. The combined vote was 10,485 in favor and 8,720 against, or a margin of 55 to 45 percent.
In Pitkin County, the measure won 4,713 to 3,951.
In the Roaring Fork Valley portion of Eagle County, the issue won 1,804 to 1,258.
In Carbondale, Glenwood Springs and New Castle ” all in Garfield County ” the RFTA question was approved 3,968 to 3,511.
The measure allows RFTA to increase its sales tax by 0.4 percent and issue $44.55 million in bonds. RFTA will buy new buses, upgrade bus stations and parking areas, and make road improvements to speed travel times. The new revenues will also boost its operating budget.
See more on the results of Tuesday’s RFTA balloting in Thursday’s Aspen Times.
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