Voters to answer many questions in November
In addition to deciding the fate of elected officials and wannabe elected officials, voters in the Roaring Fork Valley also will be asked weigh in on numerous issues involving the state, the county, municipalities, fire districts and sanitation districts.
Friday was the deadline to submit language explaining those ballot issues to county clerks in Colorado. Pitkin County’s ballot will pose 12 separate questions, though how many of those questions each voter will have to answer will depend on where they live.
The following is a brief rundown of each question:
1. Proposition BB is the only statewide question voters will decide during this election. If approved, it will allow the state to keep millions in marijuana tax revenue that would have to be refunded because of the Taxpayer Bill of Rights. The money would go toward school construction, law enforcement, youth programs and marijuana education and prevention programs.
2. Pitkin County’s only ballot question this election will ask voters if they want to opt out of a 2005 state Senate bill that forbids governments from competing with private companies in offering broadband service. The question does not seek a tax increase, and county officials have indicated they have no intention of becoming an Internet service provider. The county would be able to use grants to fund broadband improvements in rural areas such as Redstone, Thomasville and the Castle Creek Valley.
3. The city of Aspen will ask voters to decide the best use for the Aspen Armory site — known to most as City Hall — for the next 50 years. Voters will choose between keeping it as city offices or converting it to a community-use site.
4. The city of Aspen also will ask residents to decide the fate of the controversial Base2 project, which would be built across from Carl’s Pharmacy in a space now occupied by a Conoco gas station.
5. Aspen Valley Hospital wants to extend its current mill levy, set to expire this year, for another five years.
6. The Basalt Rural Fire Protection District is asking for a tax increase.
7. The Basalt Sanitation District is asking voters to allow it to accept and spend state grant money.
8. The Carbondale Rural Fire Protection District wants a mill-levy increase.
9. The White Horse Springs Water and Sanitation District in Woody Creek is asking for a tax increase.
10. Colorado Mountain College wants to opt out of the same state Senate bill forbidding it from providing Internet service that Pitkin County is asking voters to approve.
11. The Roaring Fork School District wants voters of authorize a tax increase that would go toward construction and improvement of facilities.
12. The Aspen School District is asking voters for a mill-levy increase.
Pitkin County will begin to mail ballots to voters on Oct. 12, said Janice Vos Caudill, the county’s clerk and recorder. Voters who need to update their registration can go to http://www.pitkinvotes.org, she said.
Voters who want to cast their ballots in person will not do so at the Pitkin County Clerk’s Office on Main Street this year, Caudill said. Instead, they will go to the Jewish Community Center at 435 W. Main St.
Early voting will take place at that facility the week before the Nov. 3 election from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Early voting also will occur Nov. 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Pitkin County Clerk’s Office also will offer a service to voters this year called Ballot Trax, Caudill said. The service will notify voters by text, email or voicemail when their ballot is sent and when it is received.
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Aspen Skiing Co. officials made a tag-team appeal to the Pitkin County Commissioners Wednesday urging approval for the proposed expansion of the Pandora’s terrain and other projects on Aspen Mountain. The commissioners continued the hearing until Aug. 28, when a vote is possible.