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Pueblo County 2017 Coordinated Election - What's on the ballot?

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Get to know what's on your ballot for the Pueblo County 2017 Coordinated Election happening on November 7. Ballots will arrive in mailboxes across the county after October 16.

Find out where to get assistance with voting, polling locations and ballot drop off locations in Pueblo County - pueblovotes.com


City of Pueblo

City Council Member-At Large - 4-Year Term Expiring December 31, 2021 

  • Dennis Flores
  • Charlotte Perez
  • Joseph A. Latino
  • Jason Munoz
  • Mark Aliff
  • Ieshia M. Jiron
  • Kevin Cover

City Council Member-District 1 - 4-Year Term Expiring December 31, 2021 

  • Michael Stapleton
  • Bob Schilling
  • Tommy Farrell

City Council Member-District 3 - 4-Year Term Expiring December 31, 2021 

  • Ed Brown
  • Joshua Bruns

Member Pueblo Board of Water Works - 6-Year Term Expiring December 31, 2023

  • Sandy Gutierrez

Civil Service Commissioner - 6-Year Term Expiring December 31, 2023 

  • Dan Archibeque

Pueblo School District No. 60

Director At-Large 4-Year Term

  • R. Kenneth O'Neal II
  • Dotti Calhoun
  • Taylor Voss
  • Margaret Wright
  • Dennis Maes

Voters also have multiple issues to review this November. We've included the exact language on the ballot below. CLICK HERE FOR PDF

Pueblo County

BALLOT ISSUE 1A

SHALL PUEBLO COUNTY TAXES BE INCREASED $10,589,460.00 ANNUALLY (FIRST  FULL FISCAL YEAR DOLLAR INCREASE STARTING IN 2018) BY INCREASING THE  COUNTY’S SALES AND USE TAX RATE BY NINE-TWENTIETHS OF ONE CENT PER  DOLLAR (0.45%) FOR THE PURPOSE OF DESIGNING, ACQUIRING,  CONSTRUCTING, RENOVATING, EQUIPPING, AND PROVIDING CAPITAL  MAINTENANCE TO A PUEBLO COUNTY DETENTION CENTER AND TREATMENT  CENTER AND FOR RELATED EXPENDITURES WITH SUCH TAX INCREASE  COMMENCING ON JANUARY 1, 2018 AND ENDING NO LATER THAN DECEMBER  31, 2047, AND SHALL SUCH TAX REVENUES BE A VOTER-APPROVED REVENUE  CHANGE THAT MAY BE COLLECTED, RETAINED, AND SPENT BY THE COUNTY  CONSISTENT WITH THIS BALLOT ISSUE BUT WITHOUT STATUTORY OR  CONSTITUTIONAL LIMITATION OR CONDITION, INCLUDING ARTICLE X, SECTION  20 OF THE COLORADO CONSTITUTION, SECTION 29-1-301, COLORADO REVISED  STATUTES, OR ANY OTHER LAW?

YES/FOR

NO/AGAINST


City of Pueblo

Ballot Question No. 2A

Charter Amendment (Change Form of Government to Mayor-Council) Shall the Charter of the City of Pueblo be amended to change the form of  government from a Council-Manager Government to a Mayor-Council Government,  and in connection therewith: to eliminate the Office of City Manager and establish  the Office of Mayor in which all executive and administrative powers of the City  shall be vested; to provide for election of the Mayor by majority vote of the electors  for four-year terms; to provide for the Mayor to devote his or her full time and  attention to the duties of the office and prohibiting other paid employment; to create  the Office of Deputy Mayor; to fix a salary of the Mayor at $12,500.00 per month,  subject to change by Ordinance; to require the City Council to establish and adopt  five-year goals and one-year objectives for the City to be reviewed and revised  annually by the City Council;  to give the City Council the authority to hire the  personnel necessary to enable the Council to adequately perform its duties; to  require City Council to generally act by Ordinance and to limit use of Resolutions; to  require the Mayor prepare a written State of the City Report annually; to give the  Mayor the power to appoint, subject to Council confirmation, the City Clerk,  Municipal Judges, Deputy Mayor, and the Directors of all City Departments  including Police, Fire, Finance, Personnel, Purchasing, Law, Public Works, Parks  and Recreation, Aviation, Planning and Community Development, Housing and  Citizen Services, Wastewater, Stormwater, Transit and Information Technology; to  give the Mayor the power to suspend and remove Directors of all Departments and  Bureaus of the City; to give the Mayor the power to appoint, subject to Council  confirmation, all Boards and Commissions, and to remove members thereof; except  for the purpose of confirmation on appointments, to prohibit Council from interfering  in appointment or removal of Directors of Bureaus or Departments, City Employees,  and members of Mayor-appointed Boards and Commissions; to give the Mayor the  power to veto Ordinances passed by Council, subject to override at the next  meeting of Council by affirmative vote of at least five (5) members of the Council; to  provide for the Mayor to prepare the City Budget and submit same to Council; after  adoption of the annual appropriation, to give the Mayor the power to approve the  allotments of appropriations for each Department, Office and Agency, and to  transfer unencumbered appropriation balances among classes of expenditures  within each Department, Office and Agency; to change notice requirements relating  to personal injury claims against the City; to provide for a special run-off election for  the office of Mayor if no candidate for the office receives a majority of the votes  cast; and providing transition provisions including a Special Election for the first  Mayor to be held on November 6, 2018, for an initial term of five (5) years?

YES/FOR

NO/AGAINST


City of Pueblo

BALLOT ISSUE NO. 2B

(ONE-FIFTH CENT SALES TAX FOR POLICE PERSONNEL AND OPERATING NEEDS) SHALL THE CITY OF PUEBLO'S TAXES BE INCREASED BY UP TO $3.6 MILLION  ANNUALLY (FIRST FULL FISCAL YEAR INCREASE) AND BY WHATEVER AMOUNTS  ARE RAISED ANNUALLY THEREAFTER, FOR FIVE YEARS FROM JANUARY 1, 2018  THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2022,  BY ADOPTING ORDINANCE NO. 9141 IMPOSING  AN ADDITIONAL ONE-FIFTH PERCENT (.2%) CITY SALES AND USE TAX RATE  AND SHALL ALL REVENUES DERIVED FROM SUCH TAX BE COLLECTED,  RETAINED AND SPENT, NOTWITHSTANDING ANY LIMITATIONS PROVIDED BY  LAW, AS A VOTER APPROVED REVENUE CHANGE AND AN EXCEPTION TO THE  LIMITS WHICH WOULD OTHERWISE APPLY PURSUANT TO ARTICLE X, SECTION  20 OF THE COLORADO CONSTITUTION OR ANY OTHER LAW AND ESTABLISHING  A SPECIAL FUND FOR THE DEPOSIT OF SUCH REVENUES TO BE SPENT ONLY  FOR POLICE PERSONNEL AND OPERATING NEEDS?

YES/FOR

NO/AGAINST


City of Pueblo

Ballot Question No. 2C

(Street Repair Enterprise)

Shall the City Council Establish a Street Repair Enterprise?

YES/FOR

NO/AGAINST


City of Pueblo

Ballot Issue No. 300

(TAX TO REDUCE CRIME AND VIOLENCE) SHALL THE CITY OF PUEBLO’S TAXES BE INCREASED BY $3.5 MILLION  ANNUALLY (FIRST FULL FISCAL YEAR INCREASE) AND BY WHATEVER AMOUNTS  ARE RAISED ANNUALLY THEREAFTER, FOR A TEN-YEAR PERIOD FROM  JANUARY 1, 2018 THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2027 BY ADOPTING ORDINANCE NO.  9145 IMPOSING A ONE-QUARTER PERCENT ($0.0025) CITY SALES AND USE TAX  RATE AND SHALL THE CITY OF PUEBLO APPROVE POLICE AND YOUTH  ORIENTATED COMMUNITY-BASED PROGRAMS TO REDUCE OVERALL VIOLENCE  AND CRIME IN PUEBLO, TO INCLUDE NEW AND EXPANDED GRANT-BASED  PROGRAMS FOR PREVENTION, INTERVENTION AND OUTREACH, TARGETING  AT-RISK YOUTH, YOUNG ADULTS AND MOST AT-NEED NEIGHBORHOODS; WITH  FUNDING FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL PROGRAM APPROVED IN CONSULTATION WITH  NATIONAL CONSULTANT(S) AND AUDITORS, USING COMMUNITY ASSESSMENTS  AND ANNUAL AUDITS TO ENSURE THAT ALL PROGRAMS WORK TO REDUCE  VIOLENCE IN CRIME; AND THAT A CITIZEN’S “PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY PANEL,”  PROGRAM DIRECTOR, GRANT MANAGER AND GRANT COMMITTEE BE  IMPLEMENTED FOR ADVISEMENT; AND THAT SALARIES AND TRAINING BE  PROVIDED FOR AN ESTIMATED 24 POLICE OFFICERS, TO INCLUDE FUNDING  FOR A “COMMUNITY POLICING UNIT” WITH AT LEAST TEN “PROBLEM SOLVING  OFFICERS,” BASED OUT OF SUBSTATIONS, TO WORK WITH TEN  NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCILS ON CRIME REDUCTION PLANNING; AND AN AT  LEAST FIVE MEMBER “VIOLENCE AND CRIME REDUCTION UNIT;" ALL WITH  QUARTERLY ACCOUNTABILITY REPORTS TO COUNCIL AND ANNUAL  COMMUNITY MEETINGS TO PROMOTE COOPERATION BETWEEN POLICE  AND  “SAFE PUEBLO” PROGRAMS PROVIDED BY FOR THIS ORDINANCE?

YES/FOR

NO/AGAINST


Colorado City Metropolitan District

Ballot Issue 5B

SHALL COLORADO CITY METROPOLITAN DISTRICT BE AUTHORIZED TO  COLLECT, RETAIN AND SPEND ALL REVENUES IT RECEIVES FROM ALL  SOURCES IN FISCAL YEAR 2017 AND THEREAFTER AS VOTER-APPROVED  REVENUE CHANGE AND AN EXCEPTION TO THE LIMITS THAT WOULD  OTHERWISE APPLY UNDER ARTICLE X, SECTION 20 OF THE COLORADO  CONSTITUTION, THE 5.5% PROPERTY TAX REVENUE LIMITATION SET FORTH IN  SECTION 29-1-301 OF THE COLORADO REVISED STATUTES OR ANY OTHER LAW?

YES/FOR

NO/AGAINST


Colorado City Metropolitan District

Ballot Issue 5B

SHALL THE COLORADO CITY METROPOLITAN DISTRICT TAXES BE INCREASED  BY $200,000 IN 2018 AND BY SUCH AMOUNTS AS ARE RAISED ANNUALLY  THEREAFTER, BY IMPOSING A PHASED-IN EXCISE TAX OF UP TO FIVE (5)  PERCENT OF THE AVERAGE MARKET RATE, AS DETERMINED BY THE  COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE PURSUANT TO SECTION 39-28.8-101,  COLORADO REVISED STATUTES, AS MAY AMENDED, ON THE FIRST SALE OR  TRANSFER OF UNPROCESSED RETAIL MARIJUANA BY A RETAIL MARIJUANA  CULTIVATION FACILITY TO A RETAIL MARIJUANA PRODUCT MANUFACTURING  FACILITY, A RETAIL MARIJUANA STORE, OR ANOTHER RETAIL MARIJUANA  CULTIVATION FACILITY WITH THE RATE TO BE PHASED IN BY STARTING AT  THREE (3) PERCENT IN 2018 AND INCREASING TO FOUR (4) PERCENT IN 2019  AND FIVE (5) PERCENT IN 2020, WITH THE RATE OF SUCH TAX BEING ALLOWED  TO BE DECREASED OR INCREASED BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE  COLORADO CITY METROPOLITAN DISTRICT WITHOUT VOTER APPROVAL SO  LONG AS THE RATE OF THE TAX DOES NOT EXCEED FIVE (5) PERCENT, AND  WITH THE RESULTING TAX REVENUE AND INVESTMENT EARNINGS THEREON  BEING ALLOWED TO BE COLLECTED AND SPENT BY THE COLORADO CITY  METROPOLITAN DISTRICT AS A VOTER APPROVED REVENUE CHANGE,  WITHOUT REGARD TO ANY EXPENDITURE, REVENUE RAISING, OR OTHER  LIMITATION CONTAINED IN ARTICLE X, SECTION 20 OF THE COLORADO  CONSTITUTION OR ANY OTHER LAW; AND SHALL THE PROCEEDS OF SUCH  TAXES BE COLLECTED AND SPENT ANNUALLY REGARDLESS OF THE ANNUAL  5.5% PROPERTY TAX REVENUE LIMITATION SET FORTH IN SECTION 29-1-301 OF  COLORADO REVISED STATUTES OR ANY OTHER LAW?

YES/FOR

NO/AGAINST


Pueblo West Metropolitan District

Ballot Issue 5C

SHALL PUEBLO WEST METROPOLITAN DISTRICT BE PERMITTED TO RETAIN AND  EXPEND $116,488.00 IN EXCESS REVENUE RECEIVED IN 2016 AS A VOTER  APPROVED REVENUE AND PROPERTY TAX REVENUE CHANGE UNDER ARTICLE  X SECTION 20 OF THE COLORADO CONSTITUTION AND TO EXCEED THE 5.5%  PROPERTY TAX REVENUE GROWTH LIMITATION CONTAINED IN SECTION  29-1-301 COLORADO REVISED STATUTES AND ANY OTHER REVENUE  LIMITATION CONTAINED IN THE LAWS OF THE STATE, FOR THE PURPOSE OF  FUNDING THE DESIGN AND ENGINEERING OF FIRE STATION 2 AND FIRE  DEPARTMENT SAFETY EQUIPMENT WITH THE UNDERSTANDING THAT SUCH  REVENUE WOULD OTHERWISE BE DIRECTLY REFUNDED TO THE COLORADO  SPECIAL DISTRICTS PROPERTY AND LIABILITY POOL AND THE STATE OF  COLORADO  AND TO THE OWNERS OF TAXABLE REAL PROPERTY BY  PROVIDING A ONE-TIME TEMPORARY MILL LEVY CREDIT?

YES/FOR

NO/AGAINST


Register to vote online at GoVoteColorado.com. Residents can register to vote to receive a mail-in ballot until October 30. However, you can also register in person and vote up until election day by using a Voter Service and Polling Center.

Ballots must be received at the Pueblo County Elections Department, Voter Service and Polling Center (VSPC), or Ballot Drop-off Location by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day, November 7, 2017. 

If you have any questions about the election, contact the Pueblo County election officials at 719-583-6620 or elections@pueblocounty.us

Find out where to get assistance with voting, polling locations and ballot drop off locations in Pueblo County - pueblovotes.com

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