The Town of Paonia would like voters to remove TABOR limits from its mill levy, and the school board could have three new members this fall.
It's shaping up to be an interesting ballot in November.
Seven local government entities have notified the county elections department of the possibility they will have questions on the ballot this fall. Deadline for notification was Friday, July 26.
Final wording of the actual questions that may appear is due in the clerk's office by Sept. 6.
Though the advance notification is required, some local boards can change their minds and decide afterward not to submit their ballot question. The school district election is established by statute.
School District 50 will have three school board seats coming open for voter selection in November. The terms of Tammy Smith, Cheryl Hines, and Jan Tuin expire this year. Hines is term-limited.
The Town of Paonia plans to ask voters for permission to de-Bruce the mill levy, the town clerk's office reported. If approved by voters, the change would remove TABOR limits from property tax revenues received by the town, explained Mayor Neal Schwieterman. He said the ballot question has been approved by the town board.
The Cory Cemetery District is considering whether to place a question on the ballot asking voters in the district for an increase in the current 0.854 mill levy. Under TABOR, voters must approve a mill levy increase.
The cemetery and district are being administered by County Commissioner Bruce Hovde in the absence of a functioning district board. Hovde told the DCI that no ballot question has been decided on yet and that no mill amounts have been discussed.
Delta County may have a question on the ballot asking that term limits be removed from the county clerk's position. Ann Eddins, the county's three-term clerk, is asking the Board of County Commissioners for approval to let voters decide the question. The BoCC has not made a decision.
"It will not benefit me either way," Eddins told the DCI. "I will complete my third term. I will not run for another term, even if the question is on the ballot and passes," Eddins said. In 2012, voters removed term limits from the offices of county sheriff and county coroner.
The Grand Mesa Water Conservancy District based in Cedaredge has reserved a slot on the November ballot. The question being currently discussed by directors is whether to ask voters for permission, without raising any taxes, for the ability to enter multi-year contracts to rehabilitate specific reservoirs on the Grand Mesa to help protect senior local water rights, explained board president Austin Keiser.
The Delta County Fire District #1 (Delta) and the Delta County Library District have both also reserved space on the upcoming November election ballot. The DCI was unable to contact representatives of either district about their possible questions to voters in time for this article's deadline.blog comments powered by Disqus