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.