Over 140 municipal elections set for next month

By The Colorado Municipal League

The Colorado Municipal League is reporting that more than 140 smaller cities and towns will be holding spring regular elections. All will be held either on April 1 or 8, with the exception of Lone Tree, which holds its election in May. Forty-seven municipalities are cancelling their elections (25 percent); two years ago it was the same percent-age, and in 2010 a third of all municipalities cancelled elections.

Green Mountain Falls will also hold a special election in May for voters to consider the repeal of an ordinance establishing a town manager and also to recall two trustees.

Summary

Following is a summary of ballot measures CML is aware of around the state:

TABOR excess revenue retention — Crawford and Mead

Debt — Erie, $6.2 million for a police station and municipal court building; Keenesburg, $960,000 for street improvements; Lyons, $995,000 to match a FEMA community disaster loan; Pagosa Springs, $18 million for a community recreation center; Ridgway, $1.9 million for street improvements; and Wellington, $2.4 million for a town park

Easing legal publication requirements — Buena Vista, Gilcrest, Ignacio, Manzanola, Palisade and Parachute

Term limits — Basalt, clarify how term limits are applied; Morrison and Starkville, remove; Parachute, extend

Sales tax — Bayfield, 1 percent for street improvements; Deer Trail, increase the tax by $18,000 for town operations; Estes Park, 1 percent for municipal services; Keenesburg, 1 percent for town operations; La Veta, .5 percent for museum and street improvements; Montrose, .3 percent for its recreation district; Pagosa springs, 1 percent for the community recreation center debt question

Property tax — Bow Mar, 10 mills for various street improvements

Lodging tax — Kersey, impose one; Naturita, continue an existing one

Marijuana tax — Black Hawk, 5 percent; Dillon, 5 percent; Fruita, 5 percent; Larkspur, 5 percent; Mancos, occupation tax; Silverton, 1 percent sales and 3 percent excise tax

Marijuana, whether to allow — Collbran, De Beque, Fruita, Larkspur, Palmer Lake and Red Cliff

Growth — Berthoud, annexation of a specific property and an initiative requiring certain future annexations to be granted only through an election

Miscellaneous items

There are a variety of interesting miscellaneous measures on local ballots:

• Dear Trail, approval to shoot at drones

• Granada, sell its municipal electric utility to Southeast Colorado Power Association

• Hartman, reduce the town board size from seven to five

• Lochbuie, change its election date from April to November

• Montrose, broadband distribution

• Nederland and Pagosa Springs, compensation for the mayor and trustees

• Silverton, to allow ATVs on municipal streets

CML is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization established in 1923 that represents the interests of 267 cities and towns. For more information on the Colorado Municipal League, visit www.cml.org or call 303-831-6411.