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2020 Election Resources

2020 Election Resources

Virtual Issues and Answers Forum – Individual Videos Available Now

Did you miss Issues and Answers this year? Would you like to re-watch the video before you decide on who to vote for? We got you covered! Follow the link below, watch the videos and make an informed decision in this year’s elections!
Issues and Answers Forum is brought to you by the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association, Glenwood Springs Post Independent and KMTS.

Additional Election Resources

Election Day is November 3. Voters must turn their ballots in by 7 p.m. on November 3 to have them counted.
24/7 Ballot drop boxes open at the following locations:
  • Carbondale Town Hall – near front entrance – 511 Colorado Ave., Carbondale
  • Garfield County Courthouse – on 8th St. – 109 8th St., Glenwood Springs
  • New Castle Town Hall – near front entrance – 450 W. Main St., New Castle
  • Silt Town Hall – near front entrance – 231 N. 7th St., Silt
  • Garfield County Admin Bldg. #D – at front entrance – 195 W. 14th St., Rifle
  • Parachute Town Hall – near front entrance – 222 Grand Valley Way, Parachute

GSCRA Board Positions on Local and Statewide Ballot Measures

Amendment B | Repeal Property Tax Assessment Rates

This initiative repeals the Gallagher Amendment of 1982 from our constitution. The Gallagher Amendment requires 45% of the total share of state property taxes come from residential property taxes and 55% of the total share of state property taxes come from non-residential (commercial) property taxes.

GSCRA POSITION: SUPPORT/YES

RATIONALE: Due to growth in our residential market, the Gallagher formula has forced an imbalance in property taxes in Colorado, causing a 300% increase in the shift of the property tax burden from homeowners to business owners. This has resulted in public safety, transportation and education budget crises for local communities across our state, especially in rural Colorado. Repealing Gallagher stops this continual shifting of taxes to the commercial properties in our state, providing more predictability for businesses.

Column: Amendment B: Strengthen Our Community Pillars

Proposition 118 | Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program

The proposal would create a new $1.3 billion state-run family and medical leave insurance program that would be funded by a payroll tax on employers and workers. The program would pay a portion of workers’ wages for up to 12 weeks (and in some instances 16 weeks).

GSCRA POSITION: OPPOSE/NO

RATIONALE: While we support paid family and medical leave, we do not believe a state-run program that mandates a one-size-fits-all approach for small businesses up to large corporations is the answer. This initiative is costly for both employees and employers at a time when many are struggling to keep teams employed, are working to rebuild or even just trying to stay afloat in this economy. Plus, employers are still adjusting to the new federal rules about paid leave that were released shortly after the pandemic hit.

Colorado River Water Conservation District Ballot Issue 7A

Shall Colorado River Water Conservation District, also known as the Colorado River District, taxes be increased by an amount up to $4,969,041 in 2021 (which increases amounts to approximately $1.90 in 2021 for every $100,000 in residential property value), and such amounts as are generated annually thereafter from an additional property tax levy of .248 mills (for a total mill levy of 0.5 mills) to enable the Colorado River District to protect and safeguard Western Colorado by:

  • Fighting to keep water on the Western Slope;
  • Protecting adequate water supplies for West Slope Farmers and Ranchers;
  • Protecting sustainable drinking water supplies for West Slope communities; and
  • Protecting fish, wildlife, and recreation by maintaining river levels and water quantity;

Provided that the District will not utilize these additional funds for the purpose of paying to fallow irrigated agriculture; with such expenditures reported to the public in an annually published independent financial audit; and shall all revenues received by the District in 2021 and each subsequent year be collected retained and spent notwithstanding any limits provided by law?

GSCRA POSITION:  SUPPORT/YES    

RATIONALE: Glenwood Springs is branded as the “Land of Water.” This important natural resource is a key factor facing our region, and water policy has immense impacts on our economy and quality of life.

City of Glenwood Springs Ballot Issue 2A and Glenwood Springs Rural Fire Protection District Ballot Issue 6A

As noted above, the Gallagher Amendment has codified a higher commercial property tax rate relative to the residential rate. Local communities and districts are appealing to voters to “de-Gallagher” on a local level to maintain mill levies on residential.

GSCRA POSITION:  SUPPORT/YES

RATIONALE:  If 2A and 6A pass locally, then pass/fail of Amendment B would have no effect on the rate. In the past year, effects of COVID 19 has resulted in reduced sales taxes, and has caused Glenwood Fire Department to reduce services and postpone facility upgrades. With a reduction in the assessment rate, funding for the Department would decrease 1.5% and 11% respectively for revenues from the City/District next year, requiring further reductions in service. Quality of life provided by these local government services outweighs the lack of property tax reduction.