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Video of 2A Forum

On Thursday, March 5th, 2015 the League of Women Voters of Chaffee County hosted a public forum on the two 2A initiatives in the March 24 special election at Salida City Council chambers.

Both initiatives seek to change the use and allocation of existing city sales tax revenues to put more funding into capital projects. Both initiatives amend the 2A ballot measure approved by voters in 2008, which provided a 1-percent sales tax increase to be “used for funding construction, operation, maintenance, and repair of roads and other public infrastructure of the city.”

The league’s forum moderator, Melissa Smith, guided proponents of both initiatives; Shawn Gillis, Bob Grether, Jim Miller, Jeff Auxier, Billy Carlisle, and Monica Griesenbeck; to present their views and answer questions from the audience.

The proposed council work session version would set aside 35 percent of the city’s total sales tax revenue for capital. A minimum $1 million or 60 percent would go to streets, alleys and sidewalks.

The proposed Carlisle/Farney initiative would allocate 75 percent of the 2A funds (the 1 percent sales tax increase approved in 2008) “to replace, repair or improve streets and the water or sewer lines underlying or running along those streets, and to replace, repair, improve or newly install or construct sidewalks, street curbs, gutters, or storm drainage systems underlying or running along those streets.”

The special election on the initiatives will take place on March 24 and will be by mail in ballots only. Ballots will mail to voters March 2-9. Only registered voters living within the city limits of Salida are eligible to vote.

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government and works to increase understanding of major public policy issues.

Mountain Mail article on the forum.

Sept. 15, 2014 meeting – Workforce housing video

Sept. 15, 2014 League of Woman Voters – Chaffee County meeting at the Pinon Room, Buena Vista, CO. The subject was Workforce housing, Linda Mulka and Diane Lively Co-Chairs.

Video of Chaffee County Mayors Panel


On Monday, December 9, 2013 at the Sangre de Cristo Electric Association Community Room, the League of Women Voters of Chaffee County hosted a panel of mayors, representing each municipality in Chaffee County, who updated citizens about critical issues.  Joel Benson, mayor of Buena Vista; Jim Dickson, mayor of Salida; and Jerry L’Estrange, the town administrator from Poncha Springs made up the panel. They discussed the most pressing issues for their municipality and their ideas for dealing with those issues. If you missed the meeting you can view the video. It’s an opportunity to learn how effective our elected officials plan to be at putting tax dollars to work. The meeting allowed time for questions from the audience and further discussion which is also on the video.

Video of Healthcare for Colorado

The Affordable Care Act: How’s That Working for Us?

On Monday, November 11, 2013 at the United Methodist Church in Salida, Colorado, the guest speaker, Cheryl Walker, Manager of Connect for Health Colorado in Chaffee and Lake Counties. used a PowerPoint presentation to explain how Colorado, like 15 other states, have developed its own website, called Connect for Health Colorado.

She also discussed:

  • The current status of the Affordable Care Act in Colorado,
  • The realities of the website—also known as the Health Insurance Marketplace or Exchange, and
  • The intended consequences of the Affordable Care Act.

Connect for Health Colorado: If you are curious about the website exchange, you
can browse insurance plans anonymously, without signing in and without creating an account, by taking the following steps:

  1. Go to http://connectforhealthco.com/
  2. Click on the Individuals & Families picture.
  3. Click on Shop Now.
  4. At the bottom, center of the page find Do You Qualify for Financial Assistance OR at the top right of the page click on Browse Plans
  5. Enter Zip Code.
  6. Click Do I Qualify?
  7. Read the next page and then click Continue
  8. Then follow the prompts.

Cheryl manages an office with two assistants, whose sole mission is to help residents sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Their salaries are provided through a grant that Walker wrote, requesting $250,000 for hiring staff to provide outreach and assistance, in person, to people who need help signing up for insurance. Her office is in Room 143 of the Touber Building, 448 East First St., Salida. She can be reached at 539-7290 or [email protected]