The Delta County elections department last week completed certification of ballot questions for the Nov. 5 off-year election.
Leading the ballot are the five candidates running for three open school board positions.
Candidates are: District One, Ronald Germann and Arthur Gary Coats; District Four, Tammy M. Smith and Michael D. Mason; District Five, Jan Tuin running unopposed.
The ballot will also include state and local tax measures that seek voter approval without restrictions of the TABOR (Taxpayers' Bill of Rights) Amendment.
A proposal, Amendment 66, aims to increase the state income tax, including the tax on individuals. It includes "an additional rate so higher amounts of income are taxed at higher rates." If approved it would raise over $950 million the first year. It is being proposed as an amendment to the Colorado Constitution. The question would allow "all tax revenues attributable to this measure to be collected and spent without further voter approval" as could otherwise be required by TABOR.
Supporters of Amendment 66 say it is another proposal to increase K-12 education funding by constitutional amendment. Opponents say it is an attempt to backfill investment losses suffered by the public employee retirement fund.
A second state question is appearing as Proposition AA. It would impose two new state taxes on marijuana. It also seeks to dodge TABOR limits: "The rate of either or both taxes (is) allowed to be decreased or increased without further voter approval ... with the resulting tax revenue being allowed to be collected and spent not withstanding any limitations provided by law," i.e. TABOR.
According to the Colorado treasurer's office, "Under TABOR, state and local governments cannot raise tax rates without voter approval and cannot spend revenues collected under existing tax rates if revenues grow faster than the rate of inflation and population growth, without voter approval."
The Delta County Library District is asking voters for a mill levy increase. The proposal to increase the current 3.0 mills by an additional 1.67 mills would raise $506,033 in the first year of levy — 2014.
The Town of Paonia has submitted two questions for its voters. One asks authority to create an earmarked account for construction and maintenance of sidewalks and imposes a $3 per month surcharge to utility billings to fund the work.
A second Paonia question would de-Bruce the mill levy. The measure would not "increase any tax rate or impose any new tax," according to the question's wording.
The Grand Mesa Water Conservancy District is seeking permission to increase its debt in order to help it acquire, reclaim, and improve water storage on Grand Mesa.
The district is asking voters to approve increasing district debt by up to $200,000 through sale of bonds or other obligations yielding 3 percent maximum. Earnings on the investment of the proceeds of the bonds or obligations would be de-Bruced.
The Nov. 5 ballot here will also include four county questions on removing term limits from the elected county offices of clerk and recorder, treasurer, assessor and surveyor.blog comments powered by Disqus