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Posted on: September 12, 2023

Pros and Cons about ballot issues now being collected

The deadline for TABOR Notice pros and cons is Sept. 22, 2023.

Deadline for TABOR Notice pros/cons is September 22

ASPEN, COLO. (Sept. 12, 2023) - Local election officials are now collecting comments from the public detailing the pros and cons of five ballot tax issues in the Pitkin County Coordinated Election, Nov. 7.  The comments collected from the public will be published in the TABOR (Taxpayer Bill of Rights) Notice and mailed to all voters 30 days before this November’s election.   

“The Clerk and Recorder Office is required by the Colorado Constitution to publish a TABOR Notice for ballot tax issues,” said Pitkin County Clerk and Recorder, Ingrid K. Grueter.  “Any elector registered in each of the districts who wishes to submit a pro or con statement regarding the five financial issues on this year’s ballot may submit their comments to the Designated Election Official of each district. The submitted comments will be included in the published TABOR Notice,” Grueter said.

Local tax issues on the November ballot come from the following four jurisdictions, and comments should be emailed to the designated election official (DEO) of each district as indicated below:

Only registered voters residing in the political subdivision and eligible to vote on the issues may submit comments on the issue, and comments must include a signature where the signer is registered to vote. The deadline for written comments for the TABOR Notice shall be filed by noon on Friday, Sept. 22. TABOR Notices will be mailed to all registered voters no later than Friday, Oct. 6. 

For more Pitkin County election information, including a soon-to-be-posted sample ballot with the text of all ballot races and measures, go to www.pitkinvotes.com.

The Pitkin County Ballot Issues read as follows:

Base Village Metropolitan District No.2 Ballot Issue No. 6A

SHALL ALL UNUSED DEBT AUTHORIZATION GRANTED BY THE VOTERS IN ALL PRIOR ELECTIONS TO BASE VILLAGE METROPOLITAN DISTRICT NO 2 BE FOREVER REPEALED AND RESCINDED EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY?

Snowmass Water and Sanitation District Ballot Issue No. 6B

WITHOUT ANY INCREASE IN THE CURRENT TAX RATE, SHALL THE SNOWMASS WATER AND SANITATION DISTRICT’S EXPIRING MILL LEVY CURRENTLY IMPOSED FOR GENERAL OPERATIONS BE EXTENDED THROUGH TAX COLLECTION YEAR 2038, WITH THE REVENUES FROM THE EXTENDED TAX RATE OF 2.135 MILLS TO BE DEPOSITED INTO THE DISTRICT’S GENERAL FUND TO PAY OPERATION, MAINTENANCE, REPAIR AND CAPITAL COSTS FOR THE LIMITED FIFTEEN-YEAR EXTENSION PERIOD, TO CONSTITUTE A VOTER-APPROVED REVENUE CHANGE UNDER ARTICLE X, SECTION 20 OF THE STATE CONSTITUTION AND TO BE AN EXCEPTION TO THE LIMITATIONS SET FORTH IN SECTION 29-1-301 OF THE COLORADO REVISED STATUTES AND ANY OTHER LAW? 

Starwood Metropolitan District Ballot Issue No. 6C - Water

SHALL STARWOOD METROPOLITAN DISTRICT DEBT BE INCREASED UP TO $1,000,000, WITH A REPAYMENT COST OF UP TO $1,885,000, AND SHALL DISTRICT TAXES BE INCREASED BY UP TO $95,000 ANNUALLY FOR THE PURPOSE OF FINANCING:

-    WELL DRILLING, EQUIPPING AND SECURING OF A WATER SUPPLY AND OTHER WATER SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS, 

BY THE ISSUANCE AND PAYMENT OF A GENERAL OBLIGATION BOND OR NOTE WHICH SHALL BEAR INTEREST AT A MAXIMUM NET EFFECTIVE INTEREST RATE NOT TO EXCEED 7.0% PER ANNUM, MATURE, BE SUBJECT TO REDEMPTION, WITH OR WITHOUT PREMIUM, AND BE ISSUED AT SUCH TIME, AT SUCH PRICE (AT, ABOVE OR BELOW PAR) AND IN SUCH MANNER AND CONTAINING SUCH TERMS, CONSISTENT WITH THIS BALLOT ISSUE, AS THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS MAY DETERMINE; SHALL AD VALOREM PROPERTY TAXES BE LEVIED WITHOUT LIMIT AS TO THE MILL RATE TO GENERATE AN AMOUNT SUFFICIENT IN EACH YEAR TO PAY THE PRINCIPAL OF, PREMIUM IF ANY, AND INTEREST ON SUCH DEBT AND TO FUND ANY RESERVES FOR THE PAYMENT THEREOF; AND SHALL ANY EARNINGS FROM THE INVESTMENT OF THE PROCEEDS OF SUCH TAXES AND DEBT CONSTITUTE A VOTER-APPROVED REVENUE CHANGE?

Starwood Metropolitan District Ballot Issue No. 6D – Road Entryway

SHALL STARWOOD METROPOLITAN DISTRICT DEBT BE INCREASED UP TO $1,500,000, WITH A REPAYMENT COST OF UP TO $2,835,000, AND SHALL DISTRICT TAXES BE INCREASED BY UP TO $145,000 ANNUALLY FOR THE PURPOSE OF FINANCING:

-    THE CONSTRUCTION OF ROAD AND ENTRYWAY IMPROVEMENTS INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO PAVING, GRADING, DRAINAGE, LIGHTING, LANDSCAPING, ENTRY GATE AND OTHER ROAD IMPROVEMENTS, TOGETHER WITH APPURTENANT EQUIPMENT AND EXTENSIONS OF, AND IMPROVEMENTS, TO SAID FACILITIES, 

BY THE ISSUANCE AND PAYMENT OF A GENERAL OBLIGATION BOND OR NOTE WHICH SHALL BEAR INTEREST AT A MAXIMUM NET EFFECTIVE INTEREST RATE NOT TO EXCEED 7.0% PER ANNUM, MATURE, BE SUBJECT TO REDEMPTION, WITH OR WITHOUT PREMIUM, AND BE ISSUED AT SUCH TIME, AT SUCH PRICE (AT, ABOVE OR BELOW PAR) AND IN SUCH MANNER AND CONTAINING SUCH TERMS, CONSISTENT WITH THIS BALLOT ISSUE, AS THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS MAY DETERMINE; SHALL AD VALOREM PROPERTY TAXES BE LEVIED WITHOUT LIMIT AS TO THE MILL RATE TO GENERATE AN AMOUNT SUFFICIENT IN EACH YEAR TO PAY THE PRINCIPAL OF, PREMIUM IF ANY, AND INTEREST ON SUCH DEBT AND TO FUND ANY RESERVES FOR THE PAYMENT THEREOF; AND SHALL ANY EARNINGS FROM THE INVESTMENT OF THE PROCEEDS OF SUCH TAXES AND DEBT CONSTITUTE A VOTER-APPROVED REVENUE CHANGE?

Basalt and Rural Fire Protection District Ballot Issue No. 7A 

SHALL BASALT AND RURAL FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT DEBT BE INCREASED $26 MILLION, WITH A REPAYMENT COST OF UP TO $42 MILLION, AND SHALL DISTRICT TAXES BE INCREASED $2.1 MILLION ANNUALLY TO PAY SUCH DEBT, SUCH DEBT TO BE USED FOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS OF THE DISTRICT, INCLUDING:

    EXPANSION, RENOVATION, AND MODERNIZATION OF FIRE STATION 42 IN EL JEBEL, INCLUDING ADDING CREW QUARTERS TO ALLOW ADDITIONAL 24 HOUR STAFFING AND RESPONSE CAPABILITY, AND ADDING TRAINING AND MAINTENANCE FACILITIES AND EMPLOYEE HOUSING; 

SUCH DEBT TO BE EVIDENCED BY THE ISSUANCE OF GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS OR ANY OTHER MULTIPLE YEAR FINANCIAL OBLIGATION OF THE DISTRICT; SUCH BONDS TO BE SOLD IN ONE SERIES OR MORE, FOR A PRICE ABOVE OR BELOW THE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF SUCH SERIES, ON TERMS AND CONDITIONS, AND WITH SUCH MATURITIES AS PERMITTED BY LAW AND AS THE DISTRICT MAY DETERMINE, INCLUDING PROVISIONS FOR REDEMPTION OF THE BONDS PRIOR TO MATURITY WITH OR WITHOUT PAYMENT OF THE PREMIUM OF NOT TO EXCEED THREE PERCENT; AND SHALL SUCH TAX REVENUES AND THE EARNINGS FROM THE INVESTMENT OF SUCH BOND PROCEEDS AND TAX REVENUES BE COLLECTED, RETAINED AND SPENT AS A VOTER APPROVED REVENUE CHANGE UNDER ARTICLE X, SECTION 20 OF THE COLORADO CONSTITUTION OR ANY OTHER LAW?

Media Contact: Ingrid K. Grueter
Clerk and Recorder – 970-429-2708

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Los pros y contras de los temas de la boleta ahora están siendo recolectados
La fecha límite para los pros/contras del Aviso TABOR es el 22 de septiembre

ASPEN, COLO. - Los funcionaros electorales locales están ahora recolectando comentarios del público que detallen los pros y contras de cinco asuntos fiscales en la Elección Coordinada del Condado de Pitkin, el 7 de noviembre. Los comentarios recolectados del público serán publicados en el Aviso TABOR (por sus siglas en inglés, Ley de Derechos del Contribuyente) y enviados por correo a todos los votantes 30 días antes de las elecciones de noviembre de este año.

“La Oficina de Secretaría y Registración está obligada por la Constitución de Colorado a publicar un Aviso TABOR para los asuntos fiscales en la boleta”, dijo Ingrid K. Grueter, secretaria y registradora del Condado de Pitkin.  “Cualquier elector registrado en cada uno de los distritos que desee presentar una declaración a favor o en contra de los cinco asuntos financieros en la boleta de este año puede enviar sus comentarios al Funcionario Electoral Designado para cada distrito. Los comentarios enviados se incluirán en el Aviso TABOR publicado”, dijo Grueter.

Los asuntos fiscales locales en la boleta de noviembre provienen de las siguientes cuatro jurisdicciones, y los comentarios deben enviarse por correo electrónico al funcionario electoral designado (DEO, por sus siglas en inglés) de cada distrito según se indica a continuación:

Solo votantes registrados que residen en la subdivisión política y que son elegibles para votar en los asuntos pueden enviar comentarios sobre el asunto, los comentarios deben incluir una firma donde el firmante esté registrado para votar. La fecha límite para los comentarios por escrito para el Aviso TABOR será al mediodía del viernes 22 de septiembre. Los Avisos TABOR se enviarán por correo a todos los votantes registrados a más tardar el viernes 6 de octubre.

Para más información sobre las elecciones del Condado de Pitkin, incluida una boleta de muestra que se publicará próximamente con el texto de todas las carreras y medidas electorales, visite, www.pitkinvotes.com.

Contacto: Ingrid K. Grueter
Secretaría y Registración – 970-429-2708


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