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Snowmass looks to gauge support for bag policy

Staff report
The Aspen Times
Aspen CO Colorado

SNOWMASS VILLAGE – The Snowmass Town Council voted Monday to develop an advisory question for November’s election that would gauge support for plastic-bag regulations.

To put a bag policy to vote in November, the details of the ballot question would have to be decided by Sept. 6. Council members deemed there was not enough time to create a policy for residents to vote on unless they borrowed the regulations put in place in Aspen and Carbondale.

“I just don’t think we have the time to do it,” Councilman John Wilkinson said. “I think there’s a lot of wordsmithing that needs to be tailored to our town. I really want to go further in some regard.”

The council directed town staff to draft potential advisory questions for this year’s ballot. The question will focus on what type of policy, if any, voters support.

Aspen and Carbondale prohibit grocery stores from offering plastic bags to shoppers and require them to charge a 20-cent fee on paper bags.

The Town Council last considered how to address plastic bags in November but decided against developing a policy. Mayor Bill Boineau asked the council to revisit the issue at its regular meeting June 4.

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