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2019 Fall Voter Guide and GSCRA Board Positions

2019 Fall Voter Guide and GSCRA Board Positions

2019 FALL VOTER GUIDE

Election Day is November 5.  Voters must turn their ballots in by 7 p.m. on November 5 to have them counted.  Voter Service and Polling Centers and ballot drop offs are available from Parachute to Carbondale in Garfield County.

The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association encourages voters to become informed on the various ballot measures as well as candidates for both CMC Board of Trustees and Roaring Fork School District RE-1 Board of Education.

The GSRA Board of Directors has taken positions on the local and statewide ballot measures.

2019 State Ballot Information Bluebook

Garfield County Voting Information

Sample Glenwood Springs Ballot

GSCRA Board of Directors Ballot Measure Positions

Proposition CC (Statutory)

Text of Legislative Bill

Overview:
Proposition CC would allow the state to retain tax revenue already collected, which is currently capped due to the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR).  If approved by voters, the additional retained revenue would be used to fund K-12 schools, higher education and transportation needs – each receiving an equal amount of funding.

Why we support:
Education and transportation are currently underfunded due to the limitations placed on the state budget due to TABOR.  Without raising the tax rate, Proposition CC allows the state to retain money already collected and to make much needed investments in transportation and education. Voters will still be asked to approve future tax increases.

Proposition DD (Statutory)

Text of Legislative Bill

Overview:
Proposition DD is estimated to generate approximately $29 million annually through a 10 percent tax on newly authorized casino sports betting. Proceeds would be used to fund a systematic and bipartisan effort to protect and preserve Colorado’s water needs. While a small portion of tax revenues would be used to regulate and enforce gaming, a vast majority of the proceeds – 93 percent – would be used as a down payment to fund the “Colorado’s Water Plan.”

Why we support:
Glenwood Springs is the “Land of Water.” Our economy is dependent on this vital resource. Proposition DD follows the model created by the Colorado Lottery and Great Outdoors Colorado, investing revenues in parks and open states, and applies it to conserving and protecting our water resources.

Garfield County Public Library District Issue 6A

Overview:
Garfield County Public Library District provides a variety of invaluable services to our residents including access to books, free and reliable Internet access, educational classes, senior workshops and children’s programming. Serving nearly a half-million visitors each year, the library district has faced significant funding challenges in the past few years that have resulted in staff layoffs, reduced hours and cuts to the books and magazine budget. This measure would allow the library to district to restore previous funding levels and provide stability moving forward.

Why we support:
Our local libraries are an invaluable asset to our community. The current library district budget is nearly $2M less than it was 10 years ago. This mill levy increase will restore hours, retain qualified staff, maintain educational classes and events for kids, provide senior classes and events, keep buildings safe and well-maintained, purchase more books and improve technology. A citizens’ oversight committee will ensure funds are spent appropriately.

Colorado Mountain College District Ballot Question 7A

Overview:
If 7A is approved by voters, this question would enable the Salida School District R32J to join the Colorado Mountain College tax district.

Salida Annexation Frequently Asked Questions

Why we support:
Communities within the CMC district have greatly benefited from Colorado Mountain College, and this annexation would increase the reach of CMC even further. Expanding CMC to Salida would provide highly affordable tuition and access to increased programming reflective to the needs of the Salida community, students, school district, businesses and employers.

City of Glenwood Springs Ballot Issue 2A

Overview:
Ballot Issue 2A is a new sales tax of $4 per pack of cigarettes and 40 percent on other tobacco products within the City of Glenwood Springs. Tax receipts would be used for drug and alcohol prevention, cessation, treatment, enforcement, youth mental and physical health and detox facilities.

Why we support:
We support a healthy community, especially as it pertains to our youth. The purpose of this tax is intended to deter young adults from purchasing tobacco products and to provide important mental and physical health programs in our community, including funding toward a detox facility.