Cities, towns voted on local candidates and ballot measures

Residents in cities and towns across the state voted on candidates and local ballot measures on Tuesday. Following is an overview of ballot results as accumulated by the Colorado Municipal League, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization established in 1923 representing the interests of 264 cities and towns.

Fiscal: Municipal finance questions did very well.

• Out of 9 sales/use tax questions, 7 passed, including a first of its kind medical marijuana dispensary sales tax in Fruita.
• Moffat’s voters extended the sales tax to food.
• Keenesburg and Superior approved property tax increases.
• Three TABOR revenue retention questions passed in Palmer Lake.
• A $3.3 million bond issue failed in Buena Vista and a $750,000 debt question for street improvements passed in Haxtun.
Lodging taxes failed in Nederland and Ridgway. A similar question in Sedgwick is still being sorted out because of an initial tie vote.

Governance:

• In the area of term limits, Castle Rock voters increased council terms from 2 to 4 years.
• Voters in Morrison and Otis rejected eliminating term limits.
• Superior voters approved moving the election date from April to November.
• South Fork voters rejected a measure to reduce the size of the town board.
• Elizabeth voters approved conducting future elections by mail ballot.
• A study of home rule through an elected charter commission was rejected in Granby.
• Voters in 9 out of 10 towns approved publishing ordinances by title only.
• Five other towns approved publishing bills and other official documents on municipal Web sites.

Development issues:

• Voters in Steamboat Springs rejected an already approved annexation.
• In Buena Vista, voters upheld an annexation.
• Montrose voters approved the creation of a downtown development authority (there are approximately a dozen of these in the state).
• Pagosa Springs’ voters approved relaxing certain restrictions on large retail development.
• Gilcrest voters approved the town’s operation of a high-speed Internet service.
• Hooper voters approved an ordinance regulating animals inside the town’s limits.
• Crestone voters turned down a proposal to allow tavern licenses.

Marijuana:

• Nederland voters approved the removal of possession penalties over the age of 21.
• Fruita voters approved a 5 percent sales tax on dispensary products.
• Windsor’s voters approved a dispensary prohibition ordinance.