November ballot takes shape in Moffat County

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Moffat County residents may visit any of the following locations before the Oct. 3 deadline to register to vote in the upcoming November election :

Moffat County Clerk and Recorder’s Office, 221 W. Victory Way.

Colorado Driver’s License Office, 555 Breeze St.

Moffat County Social Services, 595 Breeze St.

Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane.

Dinosaur Town Hall, 333 S. Stegosaurus.

— Ballots will be mailed beginning Oct. 11.

An anticipated state tax question was recently revealed when Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler certified the November 2011 election.

Proposition 103, also known as “Bright Colorado,” is an initiative to restore state funding to public schools by raising the state’s income and sales taxes.

If approved, Prop 103 will raise income tax from 4.63 percent to 5 percent for all Colorado residents in 2012. The increased tax would sunset in 2016.

Prop 103 also seeks to raise the state’s sales and use tax from 2.9 percent to 3 percent for five years, starting

Jan. 1, 2012.

The tax increases would raise an estimated $536 million, and all funds would be put toward public schools.

On the local level, candidates vying for Moffat County School Board positions will also appear on the ballot.

Candidates include J.B. Chapman, who is running unopposed in District 1; Tony St. John, an incumbent, and Debbie Belleville seeking the District 3 seat; and Ken Wergin and Sherry St. Louis, who are vying for the District 5 position.

The District 7 school board seat was also up for election, but no candidates emerged.

The seat will remain vacant until after the November election.

Vicky Duncan, designated election official for the Moffat County School District, said the school board would accept letters of interest for the District 7 seat beginning Election Day.

School board members will then appoint someone to the vacancy within 60 days.

The November election will be the first all mail-in ballot since 1993, Moffat County Elections Supervisor Stephanie Beckett said.

To receive a ballot in the mail, residents need to make sure they are on the county clerk and recorder’s “active list.”

Being a registered voter is not enough to receive a ballot.

Residents uncertain whether they are considered active are encouraged to check in with the elections office between 8 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way.

Voters may also visit www.govotecolorado.com to update their status or call the elections office at 824-9120, Beckett said.

The deadline to register to vote is Oct. 3. Residents may register at the following locations:

• Moffat County Clerk and Recorder’s Office, 221 W. Victory Way.

• Colorado Driver’s License Office, 555 Breeze St.

• Moffat County Social Services, 595 Breeze St.

• Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane.

• Dinosaur Town Hall, 333 S. Stegosaurus.

Ballots will be mailed beginning Oct. 11.

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