The Sopris Sun

Voting notes

Sopris Sun Staff Report

Garfield County Clerk and Recorder Jean Alberico is urging voters to take mail-in ballots to drop-off sites on or before Nov. 5 if they were not returned to her office before Oct. 31.

“Postmarks do not count and ballots must be received at a drop-off location by 7 p.m. on Election Day,” Alberico said in a press release.

Besides the Garfield County Courthouse in Glenwood Springs, the drop-off site for Carbondale residents is town hall at 511 Colorado Avenue. Alberico and other county clerks mailed out ballots the week of Oct. 15-18.

On the local front, Carbondale residents are being asked whether to approve a 5 percent sales tax on retail marijuana products and a 5 percent excise tax on unprocessed marijuana. Carbondale trustees approved the sale of recreational marijuana and related products earlier this year, and have authorized up to five retail outlets in 2014.

The hot issue, however, appears to be whether to hike the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District property tax levy to 12 mills in order to raise up to $1.08 million per year, which the board said is needed to maintain existing levels of fire protection and ambulance services. The district board of directors has also said the mill levy hike is needed to offset a decline in property values.

The Carbondale Fire District covers portions of Garfield, Pitkin and Gunnison counties. Ballot drop off sites for those counties are:

• Garfield County residents – Carbondale Town Hall (normal office hours plus 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 2 and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 5) and the Garfield County Courthouse;

• Pitkin County residents – The Pitkin County Courthouse before or on Election Day; on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. the Church at Redstone, Grace Church in Basalt and Snowmass Village Town Hall;

• Gunnison County (the Marble area) – ballots can be mailed or dropped off to the Gunnison County Elections Division, Blackstock Government Center, 221 N. Wisconsin St., Suite C, Gunnison, CO 81230.