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Election 2019

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Numbers from around the Roaring Fork Valley show slightly more than a third of registered voters cast a ballot on election day 2019, according to unofficial counts on Thursday afternoon.

All three counties also delivered among the lowest turnout rates in the state. Out of Colorado’s 64 counties, Pitkin, Eagle and Garfield all posted turnout percentages ranking in the bottom seven.

 

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Garfield County’s libraries will soon stay open longer and have more materials, thanks to voters approving ballot issue 6A earlier this week, which raises revenue for the libraries through increased property taxes. 

6A will generate about 4 million dollars a year for Garfield County Libraries, which have had to cut services and hours in recent years in the face of a funding shortage.  

Updated 11/6/19 at 3:13 p.m.

Proposition DD has passed with 50.7% of the vote, according to unofficial vote totals from the Colorado Secretary of State's office. The Associated Press called the race Wednesday afternoon. Starting May 2020 the state will be regulating and taxing sports gambling in the state, with the vast majority of revenue set aside for projects and programs laid out in the Colorado Water Plan. 

Ryer Gardenswartz / Aspen Public Radio

Tuesday's election confirmed new school board members and approval of new property tax rates and tobacco taxes. The Aspen Public Radio news team was following the results late into the night.

Colorado residents have rejected a request from their state legislature to remove an annual government spending limit that some elected officials argued is holding back the state’s roads and schools.

Instead, voters opted to continue getting tax refunds when the state reaches a revenue cap set by the Taxpayer Bill of Rights.

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Basalt voters have approved a measure that sets the town's property tax rate at its current 5.9 percent.

Town manager Ryan Mahoney says says he’s ready to look forward to the future after Tuesday's election. 

"The most exciting part for all of us staff and council is that we can keep our service level where it is now. I think that’s what feels the best," he said.

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Voters throughout the Roaring Fork Valley overwhelmingly approved cigarette and tobacco taxes Tuesday.

Pitkin County and Eagle County approved an eventual 4 dollars-a-pack tax on cigarettes and a 40% tax increase on tobacco products. The city of Glenwood Springs voted to do the same thing. Pitkin County Board of Commissioners Chairman Greg Poschman said he was surprised that all the tobacco taxes in the area passed by such wide margins. 

Ryer Gardenswartz / Aspen Public Radio

Ryer Gardenswartz / Aspen Public Radio

Voting ends at 7 p.m. tonight and there are a number of ways to cast your ballot in today's election.

It’s too late to mail ballots in, but they can still be deposited at any 24-hour ballot drop box until 7 p.m. 

Is isn’t even too late to register to vote. Voter Service and Polling Centers will be open today, where voters can go to register, get a ballot and cast votes in-person, right up until polls close at 7 p.m.

Early Voting Starts

Oct 28, 2019
Alex Hager / Aspen Public Radio

Election day is less than two weeks away, on Nov. 5, but Monday marks two important dates for voters in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Monday is the first day for early voting at Voter Polling and Service Centers, where people can go to vote in-person instead of submitting a ballot in a drop-off box. Voting at Voter Polling and Service Centers will last from Oct. 28 through Nov. 5.

Molly Dove / Aspen Public Radio

Three different district seats are open on the Roaring Fork School District’s Board of Education, and the five candidates running for those open seats had a chance to debate at a candidate forum Wednesday night.

Three candidates are vying for the District D seat, which covers north and west Glenwood Springs areas. The candidates are Amy Connerton, incumbent Shane Larson and Jasmin Ramirez. 

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Earlier this year, Basalt discovered that it might have violated Colorado law by raising its property tax rate. It refunded money to property owners. Now, it’s asking voters to approve ballot issue 3A, which would allow the town to keep its current tax rate. If 3A fails, the town faces a budget shortfall of about $700,000 and says it would have to make significant cuts to public services.

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Six candidates are vying for two open seats on the Aspen School District’s Board of Education. Aspen Media held the third and final forum of the week Thursday night. Much of the conversation focused on teachers and how they are paid, and the district’s culture and climate. 

Music is blaring and grills are firing up at a parking lot awash in navy blue and orange outside Empower Field at Mile High Stadium in Denver.

Todd Endicott of Lafayette stands outside an ambulance turned Broncos fan-mobile. He outfitted this orange and blue rig for tailgates. It’s plastered in life-size stickers of players, and the football team’s logos, vintage and new. 

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If you want to go to a library in Garfield County on Sunday to check out a book or use a computer, right now you’re out of luck. Branches in Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, Rifle, Parachute, New Castle and Silt have cut hours and staff in recent years after losing revenue.  

They’re looking to make up financial ground with Garfield County ballot issue 6A, which would increase property taxes to raise revenue for libraries.

Proposition CC is pitting lawmakers who are seeking more money to pay for roads and education against residents who think government spending should have a limit.