Registered voters in the Town of Paonia have two local ballot issues to decide on in the Nov. 5 election. All ballots must be mailed to and received by the Delta County Clerk and Recorder by Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. or the ballot dropped off at Paonia Town Hall by that time.
Ballot Question 2A asks voters if a fund for the construction and maintenance of existing sidewalks within town limits should be established. The fund would be dedicated to that one purpose. Money for the fund would be raised by adding a monthly charge of $3 to utility bills per account, starting Jan. 1, 2014. The fee would be in effect for 10 years until Dec. 31, 2024. Voters will be asked to vote YES or NO on this ballot question.
The Delta County Clerk and Recorder lists comments from those in favor of the fund as:
1) Voting yes on Issue 2A will create a dedicated fund specifically for the repair and construction of sidewalks within town limits. The proposed $3 per month, per utility billing account will not replace all sidewalks, but it will allow for significant improvement in five to 10 years. Which sidewalks are completed first are outlined in the Paonia Pathways report available at town hall. The fund will cease on Dec. 31, 2024, for council review. Well-maintained sidewalks are a community resource and benefit.
2) Paonia is a walking community, reducing the community's carbon footprint and vehicle traffic.
3) Money could be used collectively and more effectively towards improving our sidewalks.
4) Assuming the charge is reasonable, I wholeheartedly support it.
Comments filed against the issue and encouraging a NO vote on Issue 2A included:
1) I don't use the sidewalks, so why should I have to pay for them?
2) I don't have sidewalks in front of my property and I don't want them.
3) Other community problems are more important.
4) Sidewalk costs should be borne by the property owners.
5) Sidewalk problems are caused by willful neglect.
6) Fees and taxes are already too high in Paonia.
Ballot question 2B asks Paonia voters if they would approve the removal of TABOR restrictions on all revenues. This would be accomplished without increasing any tax rate or imposing any new tax. All revenues, including that from the property tax mill levy, would be collected, retained and spent. This would be effective Jan. 1, 2014, as a voter-approved revenue change. The revenue would be used for law enforcement, town road and bridge improvements and maintenance, and public health and human services.
No comments from persons against the proposal were received by the county clerk by the constitutional deadline.
The following comments were filed in favor of Ballot question 2B:
"The Town of Paonia is experiencing growth and the costs and the growing pains that accompany this growth. Voting YES on Measure 2B would allow the Town of Paonia to retain excess funds that would help offset the expenses of this growth.
"Approval of Measure 2B is NOT an approval of additional taxes, OR an increase in taxes. It merely allows local government to retain fines, court fees, building and land use fees and charges that have been paid by those individuals and companies using these services. Voting YES on Measure 2B does not release the Town of Paonia from other limitation set forth in TABOR."blog comments powered by Disqus