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Forum to discuss ballot questions

Vital Voting Information

– Election Day is Nov. 4

– Early voting is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, Oct. 20, until Friday, Oct. 31, at the Summit County Courthouse in Breckenridge.



– Absentee voting is available through Friday, Oct. 31.

– To absentee vote, you must mail, fax or request in person a ballot from the Summit County Elections Department, 208 E. Lincoln St., P.O. Box 1538, Breckenridge, CO 80424-1538; fax (970) 453-3540; call (970) 453-3479 or e-mail to vickys@co.summit.co.us.



– Include in writing: your printed name, date of birth, the last four digits of your Social Security number, a Colorado driver’s license number or other Colorado identification, your physical address and signature. Include an address where the absentee ballot can be sent and a phone number in case there are problems with the application information.

– Absentee ballots must be returned to the County Clerk’s office no later than 7 p.m. Nov. 4 to be counted.

FRISCO – The Summit County Democrats will host a forum 7 p.m. Thursday to discuss questions that will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot. The forum will be held at the Summit County Community and Senior Center at the County Commons near Frisco.

County Commissioners Gary Lindstrom, Tom Long and Bill Wallace will outline each of the ballot questions.

Countywide, arguably the most contentious issue is whether smoking should be banned in all public places, including restaurants and bars, in unincorporated Summit County.

County residents also will vote whether or not to continue a property tax that in the past funded construction of the County Commons near Frisco and purchased open space parcels.

Revenue generated from this extension would fund water resource facilities to help in times of drought, construction and operating costs of a recycling processing center at the landfill, a community health care facility and other capital improvements.

Frisco residents will get to vote on a lodging tax of 2.35 percent to raise an estimated $250,000 a year for economic development, special events, advertising, marketing, recreational amenities, multipurpose facilities and open space.

Colorado River Water Conservation District Referendum 4A will ask voters to allow them to “de-Bruce” or collect and spend all the revenue the River District generates in any given year, despite any revenue or expense limitation in the state Constitution.

Three state questions will be posed to voters as well.

Referendum A asks voters to increase the state debt by $2 billion to pay for water infrastructure projects. Those who have come out against the proposal say the question is too vague and doesn’t specify what projects would be built or how the debt would be repaid.

They also say the Western Slope is not protected by a mitigation project should the Front Range build one of the projects on this side of the Divide.

Amendment 32 asks voters if residential property tax assessment valuations should be set at 8 percent of actual value and eliminates the annual adjustment ratio associated with that.

The amendment would replace the Gallagher Amendment passed in the 1980s to hold down residential property taxes.

Since then, commercial interests say they are paying an unfair portion of property taxes because the amendment orders commercial property pays 55 percent of total taxes and residential pays 45 percent.

Amendment 33 asks if the state should allow video lottery terminals in designated race tracks and use the revenue generated from them to fund tourism marketing efforts.

Other questions will ask voters to vote for at-large school district directors, Colorado Mountain College trustees and West Grand School District directors.

Additionally, the Summit School, Red, White and Blue Fire Protection and Frisco Sanitation districts are asking voters an array of term-limit questions pertaining to the length of time someone can serve.

Jane Stebbins can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 228, or jstebbins@summitdaily.com.


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