Summit County’s commissioners lift fire restrictions, take stance on several state ballot initiatives |

Summit County’s commissioners lift fire restrictions, take stance on several state ballot initiatives

The Summit Board of County Commissioners made a series of proclamations Tuesday afternoon. Of most interest to locals is the commissioner’s decision to lift the Stage 1 fire restriction that has been in place for almost the entire summer. As is obvious from the current weather, there is very low danger of forest fire at the moment.

The commissioners also passed a resolution in support of ballot initiative 1A, which will fund five critical county services with a mill levy of 4.7 mills, which will amount to $8.8 million a year to fund the various programs, including wildfire mitigation, early childhood education, behavioral health and suicide prevention, wildfire mitigation, repairs to public buildings and recycling programs.

The commissioners then made a series of resolutions indicating support or opposition to several state ballot items. The commissioners proclaimed support for Proposition 110, the “Let’s Go Colorado” initiative that would increase state sales tax by 0.62 percent for 20 years to fund state transportation needs.

The commissioners proclaimed opposition to alternate transportation initiative Proposition 109, “Fix Our Damn Roads,” as it would divert money from public education, health and other state services.

Finally, the commissioners proclaimed opposition to Amendment 74, a proposed amendment which would require governments to compensate property owners for diminution in fair market value for government action. The commissioners said Amendment 74 would drastically limit local and state government to provide services at a high cost to taxpayers.

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