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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.