Letter: The ballots are coming
In this week’s mail, all households in Pitkin County will receive a Taxpayer Bill of Rights notice, and all active registered voters will receive a BallotTrax postcard, both mailings from our elections office.
First, much like the Colorado Blue Book, whereas information is submitted by local coordinating districts, Pitkin County Elections office prepares and mails a TABOR notice in the form of a newspaper, which provides a summary of ballot issues and fiscal information, along with pro and con statements. This year’s notice includes information on the following ballot issues:
• Ballot Issue A1: Reauthorizing county Opens Space and Trails Program funding for 20 years (Pitkin County).
• Ballot Issue 2A: Increasing taxes for educational purposes (Snowmass Village).
• Ballot Issue 2D: Extension of existing 0.3 percent sales tax for educational purposes (city of Aspen).
• Ballot Issue 2E: Extension of Wheeler Real Estate Transfer Tax (city of Aspen).
• Ballot Issue 2F: Incur debt and raise taxes to acquire property (town of Basalt).
• Ballot Issue 2G: Incur debt and raise taxes to improve property (town of Basalt).
• Ballot Issue 4A: Increase taxes to sustain and maintain operations (Basalt Regional Library District).
• Ballot Issue 5A: Increase debt and taxes for capital improvements (Snowmass Wildcat Fire Protection District).
It’s a long ballot this year, so be prepared to vote by reviewing the Pitkin County TABOR notice. Notices will be en route to your house by Oct. 7.
Second, look for our BallotTrax postcard. Pitkin County is now offering all active registered voters a secure ballot-tracking and voter-notification tool called BallotTrax. This free service will allow you to track your mail ballot, whether mailed or personally delivered, through the election process and receive near real-time notification via email, text or voice. This convenient system works with our Pitkin County Elections Department and the U.S. Postal Service to send you messages when your ballot is sent and received. BallotTrax utilizes envelope barcode data to offer complete visibility as to your mail ballot’s location and status, while your vote remains completely confidential. Always anonymous, always secure!
Go online to http://www.pitkinvotes.com to review the Pitkin County TABOR notice and sign up for BallotTrax online, or stop by our office at 501 E. Hyman Ave. in Aspen or call 970-429-2732 for assistance.
Janice K. Vos Caudill
Clerk and recorder, Pitkin County
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