Nov. 6 election includes state and county commissioner races, RTA and Sheriff’s tax questions
An extension of the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (RTA) capital tax - which includes several Westside projects - and a race for El Paso County Commissioner District 3 are geographically sensitive ballot items for Westsiders in the Nov. 6 election.
Those in the Old Colorado City area and farther south will also have a choice for Statehouse District 18 representative (between Democrat incumbent Pete Lee and Republican Jennifer George), while incumbent Republican Bob Gardner faces Democrat Michael Goldsborough in District 20, which includes Westside areas north of Old Town.
The Commissioner Dis-trict 3 race is between Republican incumbent Sallie Clark and Democrat challenger John Morris.
Also on the ballot are several other races for elected office and ballot questions that are not immediately specific to the Westside.
Oh right, and there's an election for the United States president.
Another tax question, promoted by the County Sheriff's Office, is being supported by some people who have been battling crime problems in the “No Man's Land” area of Colorado Avenue west of 31st Street. Their belief is that Question 1A, the Sheriff's request for a .23 percent sales tax increase, could mean (if passed) more Sheriff's deputies, which would help deter crime there. However, opponents (in the county's Notice of Election booklet) have decried the proposal overall as an unneeded tax that will drag down an already suffering economy.
The RTA's 1 percent tax passed in 2004. The maintenance and transit portions of it are permanent, but the .55 percent portion will sunset after 2014 if an extension is not approved by voters for another 10 years (2015-24). Of the roughly $566 million proposed in projects ($284 million on the “A” list), the Westside would get up to $60 million worth. Opponents in the Notice of Election booklet have criticized “PPRTA 2” for focusing on upgrades at the expense of needed new work.
Early voting started Oct. 22. Curbside ballot drop-offs are available anytime through Nov. 6 in a dropbox outside the Garden of the Gods Service Center turnaround, 1675 W. Garden of the Gods Road; or to election officials outside Centennial Hall downtown (but only Nov. 5 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Nov. 6 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.).
Ballots will also be taken in the traditional manner, at polling places from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. election day, Nov. 6. (See Westside polling location list, Page 11).
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