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Pueblo County November 2019 election ballot information

Posted: 12:51 PM, Oct 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-05 20:50:26-05
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PUEBLO COUNTY — Your ballot for the November 2019 coordinated election should already be on the way to your home or even sitting on the counter waiting to be filled out and mailed back. This year, voters in Pueblo County will consider statewide propositions alongside choices for new local tax propositions and school candidates.

Election day is Tuesday, November 5th. All ballots are due by 7 p.m. on that date. You can return them in person at voter service and polling center, at an official Clerk & Recorders Office drop-off location, or through the U.S. mail. Keep in mind, you should put your completed and signed ballot in the mail a week by October 29 to make sure it makes it in time. See below for information on where to drop-off your ballot. To find arguments for and against ballot issues, see the official Ballot Information Book, also known as the 'Blue Book.'

City of Pueblo

City Council Member-At-Large (Four Year Term)

  • Lucretia Robinson
  • Lori Winner
  • Lindsay Reeves
  • Steven Rodriguez
  • Stephen Anthony Varela
  • Tom Croshal

City Council District 2 (Four Year Term)

  • David P. DeCenzo
  • Larry Atencio
  • Floyd Jaramillo
  • Joseph (Joe) Latino
  • Thomas A. Carrigan

City Council District 4 (Four Year Term)

  • Josephine Gonzales-Gifford
  • R. Kenneth O'Neal
  • Kevin Neal
  • Ray Aguilera

Member, Board of Water Works (Six Year Term)

  • Scott Moore
  • Chris Woodka
  • Mike Castellucci
  • Michael A. Cafasso

Member, Board of Water Works (Two Year Term)

  • Sam J. Krage
  • Steve Nawrocki

Civil Service Commissioner (Six Year Term)

  • Erick Javaneau

Fowler R-4J School District

Director-District A (Four Year Term)

  • Justin Osborne

Director-District C (Four Year Term)

  • Jason Bitter

Director-District E (Four Year Term)

  • Dorothy K. Sallee

Pueblo City 60 School District

Board Member-At Large (Four Year Term)

  • Margaret Wright
  • Barbara Clementi
  • Carmen Quenzer
  • Jackie Seybold
  • Tommy Farrell
  • Janet Wilson Smith

Pueblo County Rural 70 School District

Board Member District I (Four Year Term)

  • Tony Montoya

Board Member District II (Four Year Term)

  • No candidates

Board Member District III (Four Year Term)

  • Stephanie Cordova-Catalano

State Ballot Measures

Proposition CC

This proposition asks voters if the state can keep and spend any excess money made to fund public schools, higher education and transportation. The reason the state is asking voters if they could keep the revenue is because of the Taxpayers Bill of Rights, or TABOR. TABOR requires state and local governments to get voter approval on tax increases or debt. It also places a revenue cap on the government and any excess funds go back to taxpayers. Learn more about TABOR by clicking here.

Proposition DD

This proposition has to do with authorizing sports betting in the state. Not only will this approve sports betting, but it will allow the state to collect a tax of 10% from the money made from the betting and put it toward the Colorado's Water Plan. The state's water plan is working to "secure our water future" through conservation efforts and supporting water projects. If approved, sports betting would be legal starting May 2020.

Pueblo County Measures

Ballot Issue 1A

Shall Pueblo County taxes be increased $9,333,000.00 annually (first full fiscal year dollar increase starting in 2020), by imposing a countywide public safety improvement sales tax with a rate of thirty-nine hundredths of one cent per dollar (0.39%) for the purpose of funding public safety-related needs with such tax increase commencing on January 1, 2020 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?

Ballot Issue 1B

Shall Pueblo County taxes be increased $2,904,000 annually (first full fiscal year dollar increase starting in 2020), by increasing the county's special sales tax on retail marijuana from its current rate of three and on-half percent (3.5%) to six percent (6%) with such tax increase commencing on January 1, 2020 and shall the tax revenues generated by this special sales tax increase constitute 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?

Read reporter Bill Folsom's breakdown of both ballot issues, here.

Pueblo City-County Library District Measures

Ballot Issue 6B

Shall Pueblo City-County Library District taxes be increased $1,143,328 in 2020 (resulting in an annual tax increase not to exceed $4.29 In 2020 ($0.36 cents per month) for each $100,000 of actual residential valuation) and by such amount as may be collected annually thereafter by increasing the district’s mill levy rate 0.6 Mills, which rate offsets a decrease in taxes effective January 1, 2020, when pueblo county retires a 1999 library bond measure, for purposes of maintaining library services, including but not limited to:

  • Developing special programs for kids that help them read, learn to think and be entertained in a positive, productive way;
  • Ensuring our libraries continue to be a community gathering space, open to everyone at no charge, providing a place to go and read or use free internet service;
  • Providing increased services to the aging population;
  • Evolving with new technology such as offering e-books, movies, and audio books that can be downloaded for free on a smart phone or electronic reading device;
  • Refreshing and renovating our libraries to maintain them as comfortable spaces for reading, studying, and learning;

with the district’s entire mill levy rate subject to adjustment to offset refunds, abatements and changes to the percentage of actual valuation used to determine assessed valuation; and shall all district revenues be collected, retained and spent notwithstanding any limits provided by law?

Fowler School District R-4J Measures

5A General Obligation Bonds

Shall Fowler School District No. R4J debt be increased up to $4.9 Million, with a repayment cost of up to $7.9 Million, and shall district taxes be increased by up to $395,000 annually by the issuance and payment of general obligation bonds, subject to and conditioned upon the award of one or more grants of financial assistance under the state building excellent schools today ("BEST") program or other available grant options, to finance the construction, renovation, acquisition, equipping and improvement costs of district facility needs identified in the district's facility master plan (May 2019), which general obligation bonds shall bear interest, mature, be subject to redemption, with or without premium, and be issued at such time and 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 to generate 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?

Pueblo City School District 60 Measures

Ballot Issue 4A

Shall Pueblo School District No. 60 debt be increased $218.25 Million, with a repayment cost of up to $359.5 million, and shall district taxes be increased by up to $19.5 million annually for the purpose of repairing, improving, constructing, equipping and otherwise updating school facilities within the district as monitored by a Citizens' Bond Advisory committee, including, but not limited to:

  • addressing critical needs at four district high schools by making priority repairs, upgrades and security enhancements to central high school and south high school, and constructing and equipping two new high schools for centennial high school and east high school with expanded career and technical education program space, modern classrooms, and expanded access to new technology and computers; and
  • addressing critical health, safety and security concerns in other district buildings, and providing updated safety and security systems and other priority repairs and upgrades; addressing critical health, safety and security concerns in other district buildings, and providing updated safety and security systems and other priority repairs and upgrades;

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) and in such manner and containing such terms, not inconsistent with this ballot issue, as the board of education may determine; 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; and shall any earnings from the investment of the proceeds of such taxes and such bonds (regardless of amount) constitute a voter-approved revenue change; and in connection with the issuance of such bonds shall the district's debt limit be established at 6% of the actual value of the district's taxable property as permitted by law?

Pueblo County Rural 70 School District Measures

Ballot Issue 4B

Shall Pueblo County School District No. 70 debt be increased $60 million, with a repayment cost not to exceed $115 million and shall district taxes be increased no more than $9.55 million annually for the purposes of:

  • Constructing, renovating and updating all district facilities by the additions of health, safety and security improvements;

and for the other capital expenditures related to acquiring, constructing, repairing, and equipping school facilities; and shall the mill levy be increased in any year, without limitation of rate but only in an amount sufficient to pay the principal of, premium, if any, and interest on such debt or any refunding debt (or to create a reserve for such payment), such debt to be evidenced by the issuance of general obligation bonds other multiple-fiscal year financial obligations; such debt to be sold in one series or more, for a price above or below the principal amount of such series, on terms and conditions, and with such maturities as permitted by law and as the district may determine, including provisions for redemption of the debt prior to maturity with or without payment of the premium of not to exceed three percent; and shall such tax revenues and the earnings from the investment of such debt proceeds and tax revenues be collected, retained and spent as a voter approved revenue change under Article X, Section 20 of the Colorado Constitution or any other law?

Colorado City Metropolitan District Measures

Ballot Issue 6C

Without creating any new tax or increasing any current taxes, shall Colorado City Metropolitan District be authorized to collect, retain and spend all revenues from grants or funds received from a state, agency or political subdivision of a state, or local government in fiscal year 2019 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 or any other law?

Pueblo West Metropolitan District Measures

Ballot Issue 6A

Shall Pueblo West Metropolitan District's taxes be increased by an amount up to $2,000,000 (for fiscal year 2020) and by such amounts collected annually thereafter through the levy of a district wide sales tax at the rate of 1% upon every transaction or incident which a sales tax is levied by the state of Colorado that occurs within the district on and after January 1, 2020 with the revenues of the sales tax levied to be used exclusively for fire protection, including construction of a fire station, fire staffing and fire department expenses and shall the proceeds of such sales tax and investment income there from be collected, retained and spent by the district as a voter approved revenue change and an exception to the limits which would otherwise apply under Article X, Section 20 of the Colorado Constitution or any other law and be in addition to any other taxes levied by the district?

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Voter Service and Polling Center

Pueblo County Election Department
720 N. Main Street, Suite 200
Pueblo, CO 81003

Hours: Monday-Friday (Oct. 28 - Nov. 4) 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 2, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; Election Day: Tuesday, Nov. 5, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

24-Hour Drop-Off Locations

Pueblo County Election Department - 720 N. Main Street (Back of building)
Colorado State Fair - 950 S. Prairie Ave. (Outside of Prairie Gate entrance)
Lamb Branch Library - 2525 S. Pueblo Blvd. (Near entrance)
Pueblo County Sheriff's Substation (Pueblo West) - 320 E. Joe Martinez Blvd.

Hours: Monday-Sunday, Oct. 11 - Nov. 4, 24 hours a day; Election Day, Nov 5, Open until 7:00 p.m.

Ballot Drop-Off Locations

Pueblo County Courthouse
215 W. 10th St., Pueblo, CO 81003
ADA Office - Ground Level (East Entrance and Main St.) and Rtunda 1st Floor (West Entrance-Court St.)

Hours: Monday-Friday (Oct. 16 - Nov. 4) 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday (Nov. 2) 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; Tuesday, Election Day (Nov. 5) 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Colorado City Metropolitan District
4497 Bent Brothers Blvd., Colorado City, CO 81019

Hours: Monday Nov. 4, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Nov. 5 Election Day 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

LINKS:
Voter Guide: 2019 Colorado Coordinated Election
Election Night Results
TABOR and Proposition CC explained
How legalizing sports betting would impact the future of Colorado's waters
El Paso County November 2019 election ballot information
El Paso County ballot drop-off locations, Voter Service and Polling Centers
Pueblo County November 2019 election ballot information
Pueblo County ballot drop-off locations, Voter Service and Polling Centers
Teller County November 2019 election ballot information