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This election proves to be an important one locally. We'll decide our next sheriff, whether Colorado Northwestern Community College will continue to receive our tax dollars, and how much support we're willing to give the Craig Rural Fire Protection District in safeguarding our homes and businesses.

The Craig Daily Press does not endorse candidates who are running for office. We have, however, endorsed some local ballot questions, of which we'd like to refresh your memory.

Fire district

Craig Rural Fire Protection District is asking voters to approve a 1.5 mill-levy increase for the purchase of equipment vital to the department's operations.

The department is requesting -- for the third time in five years -- a tax increase for a 10-year capital improvement plan.

An approved mill levy would raise about $350,000 per year.

Residential and agriculture property owners currently pay $15.90 annually per $100,000 of assessed value and would pay $27.86 annually if the fire mill levy were approved.

Business owners' taxes would increase from $57.92 to $101.42 a year per $100,000 of assessed value.

Is that unreasonable? We don't think so.

That's why we encourage you to vote "yes" on 4A for our fire department, and for our own safety.

Community college

CNCC's Craig campus' 3-mill levy sunsets in three years. But, officials want to know now whether they'll have funding in a few years. So they are asking us now to extend it indefinitely.

We think that's a great idea, and one for which you should vote "yes."

Property owners -- residential and agriculture -- currently pay $23.88 per year for each $100,000 of assessed value. Business owners dole out $87 per year for each $100,000 of assessed value.

If the mill levy passes, the cost for higher education would remain the same for an indefinite period of time.

We think that's pretty reasonable for a college that brings so much economic success to our community.

You can't put a price on an educated community and a college that stabilizes our economy. Local tax money is critical to the college's success, and we encourage residents to vote "yes" on CNCC's request Nov. 7.

City charter

The Craig City Council is asking voters to approve proposed changes to the city's charter, which was last amended in 2003.

We can't see any reason why not to.

The main changes proposed are: allowing the council to set salaries for members starting the next term and the mayor, giving the city manager authority over day-to-day operations and the mayor presenting a "state of the city" address each year.

The proposed changes also delete outdated items and provide references to new laws.

The 50-year-old city charter needs updating, and with a committee of both residents and City Council members, we think they've done a good job.

We encourage you to vote "yes" on 2A and bring Craig's charter up to date.

Use your right

Tuesday's election is just around the corner, and we hope you're ready. If not, we urge you to stop by the Moffat County Clerk and Recorder's Office in the Moffat County Courthouse and get the information you need to make an informed decision.

Voting is a right we don't take lightly, and one we hope to see you take seriously Tuesday.

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