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Registration deadline nears for November’s midterm elections

ROBERT ALLEN
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SUMMIT COUNTY – Voter registration ends Monday for November’s elections, which include many ballot issues at the state and local levels.

Local voters countywide will decide issue 3B on whether to extend a portion of a property tax mill levy for Summit School District. The revenue is to support the district’s budget and help insulate the schools against potentially negative effects of Amendments 60 and 61, and Proposition 101.

Breckenridge voters will be asked on issue 2D whether to allow for a 1 percent increase to the town’s lodging tax. The finances would go directly toward town marketing efforts.

Blue River residents will decide whether to create three new taxes: sales (2A; 2.5 percent), use (2B; 2.5 percent) and accommodations (2C; 3.4 percent). The finances are expected primarily to support town road maintenance and police, for property tax – the town’s main revenue stream is to decrease in 2012 as part of devaluations countywide.

The town doesn’t have a commercial sector, and most of the revenue created by the new taxes is expected to come through vacation rentals.

Keystone residents will vote on a tax increase (1A, 1B, 1C) to improve the aesthetics of the Highway 6 corridor between Keystone Resort’s River Course and the Montezuma exit. The Keystone Parkway Public Improvement District would affect about 3,000 property owners.

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It is estimated the proposal would cost the owner of a $300,000 house $48 per year.

Of seven county government seats up for grabs in November, only the assessor’s office is contested.

Republican Lindsay Backas and independent Erik Chapin are both challenging Democrat incumbent Beverly Breakstone.

For state Senate, Republican Tim Leonard faces Democrat Jeanne Nicholson for the District 16 spot being vacated by Sen. Dan Gibbs, who’s running unopposed for Summit County Commissioner. In the state House, incumbent District 56 Rep. Christine Scanlan (D-Summit County) is being challenged by Summit County Republican Debra Irvine.

Information on statewide elections is available at the Colorado Secretary of State website at http://www.sos.state.co.us.

SDN reporter Robert Allen can be contacted at (970) 668-4628 or rallen@summitdaily.com.