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Apr 5, 2010 9:59 PM by News First 5

Woodland Park voters head to polls Tuesday

Woodland Park voters head to the polls tomorrow.  A proposed one-cent sales tax increase is on the ballot as well as the mayoral race and four city council seats.  Candidates have gotten in.  They've gotten out.  It's confusing and controversial. News First 5's Abby Lane has more.

He got out.  Then got back in.  "I'd say there are a lot of variables here that normally you don't see," said Woodland Park mayor Steve Randolph who decided not to seek reelection because of a one per cent sales tax on Tuesday's ballot.  If the community supports the tax, Randolph thought he might step aside. 

"The easiest way to do that would be simply not to have my name on the ballot," he said.

But after a major supporter of the sales tax withdrew, saying it created a lot of tension and 'got really ugly,' Randolph reentered the race.

"Then I thought the landscape changed," he said.

By that time, someone else was also running for mayor.   City councilmember Jon DeVaux entered the race as a write-in.  "This community needs a real race, a genuine race for mayor and we've got that now," he said.

Devaux also opposes the sales tax increase.  The 1 percent hike would fund a new recreation center and pool near the Woodland Park City Hall at a cost of $14 million.

Some say it would be a great benefit. "I think it's worth it, especially for the youth in our community because there are a lot of outdoor activities but especially in the winter there's not very much to do here," said Hanna Fosburgh, a supporter.

Others say it's not the right time. "Raising the taxes to get it up here is tough right now with the economy and everything," said Chelsea Wilinski, an opponent.

Ballots are due by 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

 

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