Mon April 2, 2012

Medical Marijuana, Plastic Bag Ban Up For Vote In Small Towns

Residents in 137 small towns across Colorado went to the polls yesterday for municipal elections, and the results have been announced.

The Colorado Municipal league says measures to ban the sale of medical marijuana passed in the towns of Crawford, Fruita and Pierce. While voters in the town of Lyons defeated the measure.

 In the western slope town of Carbondale voters approved a measure to ban plastic bags, and require a 20 cent fee for using paper bags. Basalt residents voted down a similar measure.

Meanwhile, results are showing 8 of the 12 towns across Colorado with measures modifying how bills and ordinances are publicly posted, rather than printed in a newspaper approved a change to post such notices online. 

Other results include Buena Vista approving a Sales Tax Bond for public improvements, and Morrison approving a lodging tax of 6%.

Additional Information from a  Colorado Municipal League Press Release:

Tax and finance measures

In Nederland and Windsor, voters approved property tax increases for downtown improvements.

 Voters in DeBeque, Erie, Gilcrest, Green Mountain Falls, Morrison, Naturita, and Winter Park approved tax increases for a variety of public improvements. Similar measures were rejected in Fowler, Montrose, and Windsor. Fleming has to sort out a tie vote on a sales tax increase.

 TABOR revenue-retention votes were approved in Fruita and Monument.

 Other issues

 Voters in Carbondale approved a plastic bag ban, but voters in Basalt did not. In Ault, voters approved allowing certain livestock in residential neighborhoods. Calhan will join the Pikes Peak RTA for transit and street improvements.

 Woodland Park voters opted to keep a ban on economic development incentives without voter approval. Cherry Hills Village, Coal Creek, and Williamsburg will change their regular election dates from April to November of even-numbered years.

 Collbran's voters approved reducing the town board from seven to five Trustees and the mayor.