Local Election 2017: Moffat County voters to decide contested school board seats, tax measures
CRAIG — The Moffat County clerk has certified the ballot for coordinated local elections Nov. 7.
Voters will decide on sales tax measures for the city of Craig and town of Dinosaur, mill levy increases to support the community college and some voters will be asked for a mill levy for the Pot Hook Water Conservancy District.
Voters will also decide two contested races for the school district board of education. Additional school board seats and college district board seats will be filled by appointment.
There are four ballot styles, depending on a voter’s official place of residence or where he or she owns property. Voters will receive either a ballot for the city of Craig, the town of Dinosaur or a countywide ballot, and property owners in the Pot Hook Water Conservancy District will receive an additional ballot with their specific taxing measure.
“The majority of voters will vote on the countywide ballot,” wrote Clerk and Recorder Lila Herod in a letter accompanying the sample ballots.
Following is a breakdown of the questions and candidates that will appear on each of the ballots.
Moffat County Affiliated Junior College Referred Measure 5A
The measure asks registered voters in Moffat County to support an increase of funding of the Craig Campus of Colorado Northwestern Community College by authorizing a property tax increase of $2 million in 2018 and an, in subsequent years, an increase of no more than 5 mills. The tax could be used to support: tuition assistance for district residents enrolled at CNCC, supplemental program funding for the college, providing new facilities or renovating existing facilities, providing technology enhancement or supplemental equipment for the college, providing for operating costs of facilities owned by the district. If approved by voters, the measure would sunset in 2048.
Read previous coverage of this ballot measure at the following links.
Town of Dinosaur Referred Measure 2B
This measure asks registered voters in the town of Dinosaur to increase taxes by $200,000 annually in the first year and by whatever additional amounts are generated in subsequent years by a 5-percent sales tax on retail marijuana and marijuana products. The measure also asks voters to approve the repeal of the town’s occupation tax on retail marijuana stores, and instead, authorize the collection of sales and excise tax. Registered voters in the town of Dinosaur will also have the opportunity to vote on Moffat County Affiliated Junior College Referred Measure 5A.
City of Craig Referred Measure 2A
This measure asks registered voters in the city of Craig to increase taxes by $2.1 million annually in the first full fiscal year and by whatever additional amounts are collected annually in the subsequent years by levying a 1.75 percent sales tax on the sale of tangible personal property and services, with the increase to take effect July 1. The purchase of accommodation from hotels, motels and establishments leasing or renting overnight and short-term accommodation would be excluded. The measure also excludes from the new tax the sale of vehicles and off-highway vehicles within the city. Registered voters in the city of Craig will also have the opportunity to vote on Moffat County Affiliated Junior College Referred Measure 5A.
Pot Hook Water Conservancy District Referred Measure 5B
This measure asks property owners within the Pot Hook Water Conservancy District to increase property taxes by $12,831.48 in the first fiscal year based on the 2017 assessed value and, thereafter, in amounts received by the application of a new mill levy not to exceed 4 mills on taxable property within the district. The new tax would start with the 2018 tax collection year. The tax would be used to fund the district’s general operations and any other lawful purposes. Property owners within the Pot Hook Water Conservancy District will also have the opportunity to vote on Moffat County Affiliated Junior College Referred Measure 5A.
Boards of Education Elections and Appointments
There are two contested seats for the five seats open on the Moffat County School Board of Education. All registered voters in Moffat County are eligible to vote.
Owen Atkin and Alicia Noland are vying to represent District 4. Mindy Baker will contest Chip McIntyre’s August appointment to the position of District 1 representative.
Dr. Elise Sullivan is unopposed in her bid to replace Sue Voloshin in District 2.
No one submitted an application to represent District 6, which is being vacated by school board President Darrell Camilletti. The board of education will appoint a replacement after Camilletti’s term ends Nov. 7.
Chris Thome, who was appointed in June to represent District 7, submitted a petition to retain the seat. However, the petition was not received in time for the school district to certify the names, making Thome a write-in candidate for the position.
The Moffat County Junior Affiliated College District Board has two seats to fill this election cycle. The board received two petitions for at-large vacancies. Nominations were from Memorial Regional Health CEO Andy Daniels and current college district board Treasurer Lois Wymore.
As there were the same number of nominations and vacancies, the college board is not required to hold an election and is, instead, expected to appoint the nominees to fill the vacancies.
“It’s disappointing that more people didn’t step-up to participate in this election,” said board member Terry Carwild, “The Moffat County Junior Affiliated College District Board sure needs people to serve. It’s such an important role in the community. The community college is going to be the economic game changer of the future.”
How to vote
Eligible citizens can register to vote or check voter status at govotecolorado.com or by visiting a service and polling center. Registration is open through Election Day.
Ballots will be mailed to registered voters beginning Oct. 16. There are three ways to return a ballot: by mail, by using the 24-hour drop box at the east entrance of the courthouse or in person using a valid form of identification. In-person voting will be conducted at the service and polling center at the Moffat Count Court House, Moffat County Clerk and Recorder’s Office, Suite 200, 221 West Victory Way.
Eligible voters may receive services for voter registration, replacement ballots, resolve voting issues and vote in person at the center.
Citizens who do not receive their ballots or who have questions are invited to contact the county election office at 970-824-9120.
Contact Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or snelson@CraigDailyPress.com.