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

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


Municipalities and School Candidates:

Fremont County RE-1 School

RE-1 Directors (At Large)

  • Shad Johnson
  • Mary Kay Evans

Fremont County RE-2 School

Director District E - 2-year term

  • Andy Franklin

Director District F - 4-year term

  • Linda Schmidt

Fremont County RE-3 School

Director District “B” - 2-year term

  • Stephanie Tunstall

Director District “D” - 4-year term

  • Blair O. Decker

Director District “E” - 4-year term

  • Joseph Whipple
  • C.J. Moench Jr.

City of Florence

Florence Mayor - 2-year term

  • Keith Ore
  • Larry Baker

Florence Council Member Ward 1 - 4-year term

  • Patricia (Pat) Smith

Florence Council Member Ward 2 - 4-year term

  • Paul Villagrana
  • Janna Hagen

Florence Council Member Ward 3 - 4-year term

  • Allen Knisley

Salida R-32-J School

District 1 - 2-year term

  • Penny Wilken

Salida R-32-J School

District 3 - 4-year term

  • Cheri Post

Salida R-32-J School

District 5 - 4-year term

  • Kyle Earhart

Salida R-32-J School

Director At Large - 4-year term

  • Loraine P. Isenberger
  • Jeannie Peters

City of Cañon City

City of Cañon City Mayor - 2-year term

  • Preston R. Troutman

Cañon City Council Member District 1 - 4-year term

  • Frank J. Jaquez

Cañon City Council Member At-Large - 4-year term

  • Ron Bates
  • Randy R. Smith
  • Dolly Gonzales

Voters also have multiple issues to review this November. We've included the exact language on the ballot below. More information: www.fremontco.com/clerkandrecorder/elections.shtml

Fremont County RE-2 School

Question 3C

Fremont RE-2 School District Change of Representation

Shall the proposal adopted by the Board of Education of the Fremont RE-2 School District, changing the District’s plan of representation for elected directors of the school district from a director district plan of representation with a seven director districts to an at-large representation with five director districts be approved?

YES/FOR

NO/AGAINST


Penrose Park and Recreation

ISSUE 5B

Shall Penrose Park and Recreation District be authorized to collect, retain and spend all revenues and other funds received from all sources, including without limitation grants, fees, and the district’s existing general operating property tax, commencing as of January 1, 2018 and continuing in each year thereafter, as a voter approves revenue change and exception to the limits which would otherwise apply under Article X, Section 20 of the Colorado Constitution or any other law, and as a permanent waiver of the 5.5% limitation under Sections 29-1-301 C.R.S.?

YES/FOR

NO/AGAINST


Penrose Water

Issue 5C

Shall Penrose Water District taxes be increased by $9,265 in 2018, and by such amounts as may be collected annually thereafter from a total operating levy of 5.627 mills for operating and capital expenses, provided that:

The 3 mill levy rate approved by the voters in May 1998 shall be permanently eliminated

The operating levy rate shall be subject to adjustment to offset refunds, abatements and changes to the percentage of actual valuation used to determine assessed valuation, and

The adjusted mill levy rate shall be reduced 54% upon the earlier of (A) payment in full of the district’s outstanding loan to the Colorado Water Conservation Board or (B) 2046;

and shall all district revenues be collected, retained and spent notwithstanding any revenue limits provided by law?

YES/FOR

NO/AGAINST


Fremont County RE-1 School

Issue 3A General Fund Override

Shall School District Fremont RE-1 (Cañon City Schools) taxes be increased $1,385,000 annually, limited to a 10 year period starting in collection year 2018 and ending after collection year 2027, to restore a portion of funding the district would have received under Amendment 23 prior to cuts imposed by the state, which moneys shall be used in all district schools, including Mountain View Core Knowledge Charter School, to provide funds for:

-Replacing outdated education materials;

-Improving student access to technology;

-Improving the level of maintenance of school facilities;

-Enhancing education opportunities for Cañon City preschoolers,

Through a property tax override mill levy to be imposed at a rate sufficient to produce the amount set forth above, to be deposited into the general fund of the district, and to be in addition to the property taxes that otherwise would be levied for the general fund?

YES/FOR

NO/AGAINST


Fremont County RE-1 School

Issue 3B General Obligation Bond

Shall School District Fremont RE-1 (Cañon City Schools) debt be increased $18.2 million, with a repayment cost of up to $30.9 million, and shall district taxes be increased by up to $1.55 million annually for the following purposes:

-Providing $2.7 million of matching money required to receive $4.96 million in state financial assistance already awarded under the building excellent schools today “BEST” program to address health, safety, security, and educational deficiencies in school facilities across the district:

-Constructing a new elementary school to replace Washington Elementary School by the district issuing up to $6.2 million of required matching money debt only if $13.2 million of state financial assistance is awarded to the district under the “BEST” program, with such related taxes to be collected only if state financial assistance is secured;

-Constructing a new middle school to replace Cañon City Middle School by the district issuing up to $8.0 million of required matching money debt only if $16.85 million of state financial assistance is awarded to the district under the “BEST” program, with such related taxes to be collected only if state financial assistance is secured; and

-Paying off the outstanding Mountain View Core Knowledge Charter School facilities loan at a cost of up to $1.3 million thereby reducing up to $130,000 per year in costs for the school and making such savings available for other purposes,

By the issuance and payment of general obligation bonds which shall bear interest, mature, be subject to redemption, with or without premium, and be issued at such time, at such price (at, above or below par) an in such manner and containing such terms, not inconsistent with this ballot issue, as the Board of Education may determine; and shall ad valorem property taxes be levied without limit as to the mill rate not inconsistent with the cost parameters set forth above and in an amount sufficient in each year to pay the principal of, premium if any, and interest on such debt and to fund any reserves for the payment thereof?

YES/FOR

AGAINST/NO


Fremont County RE-2 School

Question 3C

Fremont RE-2 School District Change of Representation

Shall the proposal adopted by the Board of Education of the Fremont RE-2 School District, changing the District’s plan of representation for elected directors of the school district from a director district plan of representation with seven director districts to an at-large representation with five director districts to be approved.

YES/FOR

NO/AGAINST


Tallahassee Fire Protection

Issue 5A

Shall Tallahassee Fire Protection District’s taxes be increased by $132,794, effective for the 2017 tax year, payable in 2018, and by such amounts as may be collected annually thereafter by the imposition of a levy of 100,000 mills to pay district operating, maintenance, administrative and other expensed and shall the district be authorized to collect, retain and spend the proceeds of such property tax rate and all other revenue received from any source as voter-approved revenue change, offset and exception to the limits which would otherwise apply under TABOR (Article X, Section 20 of the Colorado Constitution) or any other law as a permanent waiver of the 5.5% limitation under Section 29-1-301, C.R.S.?

YES/FOR

NO/AGAINST


City of Cañon City

Issue 2A

Without increasing any tax currently in effect, shall the city of Cañon City ability to collect and spend all revenues, notwithstanding the limitations under Article X, Section 20 of the Colorado Constitution or other law, which was originally approved at the election on November 3, 2009 and currently set to expire on January 1, 2020, be extended to January 1, 2030?

YES/FOR

NO/AGAINST


City of Cañon City

Issue 2B

Shall City of Cañon City’s taxes be increased by four hundred thousand dollars ($400,000.00) annually in the first fiscal year (2018), and by whatever additional amounts are raised annually thereafter through the adoption of a lodging tax at the rate of five percent (5%) on the price paid for the leasing or rental of any occupied hotel room, motel room, lodging house, bed and breakfast, or other accommodation, and shall all revenues derived from such lodging tax be used exclusively for promoting and marketing tourism and tourism related special events and activities in Cañon City and the Royal Gorge region, and shall the city be authorized to collect, retain, and spend such tax revenues, including for each year, any investment earnings and interest on such revenues, as a voter approves revenue, change under Article X, Section 20, of the Colorado Constitution or any other law?

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 Fremont County Clerk & Recorder at 719-276-7338 or jami.goff@fremontco.com

Assistance with voting, polling locations and ballot drop off locations in Fremont County - www.fremontco.com/clerkandrecorder/elections.shtml

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