2021 Grand County Voter’s Guide
Grand County voters will vote on a number of issues in November, from tax increases to school board memberships. The ballots were mailed last week and polling day is November 2.
Drop boxes are located at the County Administrative Building in Hot Sulfur Springs, CSU Extension Office in Kremmling, Grand Lake Town Hall, Granby Town Hall and Grand Recreation Center Park in Fraser.
In-person voting will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays from October 25 to November 1 on the top floor of the county administration building, as well as from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on October 1. November 30 and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Ballots and election information are available at GrandVotes.org.
Ballot paper number 1A
Grand County Emergency Medical Services are asking for a $ 1.75 thousandth tax increase, providing the department about $ 1.65 million more per year to maintain their standard of care.
If passed, it would be the first increase in EMS’s factory tax since the tax was established in 2003. The increase would cost residential property owners an additional $ 12.51 per year per year. $ 100,000 of property value.
The funds are intended to meet the growing needs of Grand County with an additional ambulance, six more full-time staff, a salary increase for existing employees and the repair or replacement of two aging EMS stations in Granby and Fraser. .
To learn more about EMS ‘proposal and plans for the funds, visit http://www.co.grand.co.us/167/Emergency-Medical-Services.
Voting questions 1B to 1G
These voting questions ask Grand County voters whether they want to restore term limits for six of the elected offices at the county government level.
Currently, only Grand County Commissioners are limited to three four-year terms. The Clerk and Recorder, Treasurer, Assessor, Sheriff, Surveyor and Coroner are to be re-elected every four years, but currently face no term limits.
With this measure, for all terms that voters decide to limit to term, individuals would be limited to three terms of four years from January 1. The measure would not be retroactive, so current serving officials could still serve three more terms after their current term.
By law, these elected officials are independent of each other and of the departmental commissioners. Their powers and duties are defined by the state constitution, and in Grand County officials tend to stay in these roles for a period of time.
County Surveyor Warren Ward and Clerk Sara Rosene have been in their posts for almost 30 years, while Assessor Tom Weydert and Coroner Brenda Bock have been in their posts for almost 15 years.
The newly elected Grand County, in addition to the commissioners, are Sheriff Brett Schroetlin, who began his term in 2015, and Treasurer Frank DeLay, who was elected last November.
EAST SCHOOL DISTRICT
School district offices
Three East Grand Board of Education positions are up for election in November. However, only one office will be competitive. Each position is for four years.
District 3 director will see Ed Raegner versus Deborah Relyea. Raegner was previously the chairman of the East Grand School Board, but had to resign after finding out his house was located just outside the principal’s district.
The incumbent Chris Raines was the only head of district principal 2 to run this year, while no one showed up for district head 6. The school board will appoint someone to the District 6 office after the election, a once he has found a candidate for the post.
Ballot paper number 4A
The East Grand School District wants voter approval to invest $ 85 million in capital improvements, including the construction of a new elementary school in Granby.
To fund the obligation, district taxes will increase to $ 7.1 million per year for the next 20 years. This means that an individual owner would pay $ 44.48 more in taxes per year for every $ 100,000 of value.
The bond money would be spent on the capital projects outlined in the poll question, including the acquisition of land and a new elementary school in Granby with potential for future growth. East Grand Superintendent Frank Reeves previously said the Granby Elementary School has reached its maximum capacity and has no room for additional classes.
The bond would not only finance the new primary school. The money would also be used for upgrades to safety, security and U.S. Disability Act compliant upgrades, physical upgrades and renovations at the other three schools, a facility for a new curriculum professional and technical skills, and a space for student mental health counseling and school nursing services.
GRAND WEST SCHOOL DISTRICT
School district offices
The West Grand School Board has nine candidates vying for five positions, each with a four-year term. Past President Shawn Lechman, Past Vice President Mitch Lockhart and Past Member Gordon Stuart Heller introduced themselves with H. Lee Bruchez, Brad Probst, Ralph Graves, Jackie Roppel, Wes Howell and Bryan Klotz.
Ballot paper number 5A
This election measure would raise West Grand’s taxes by $ 4.525 thousand, raising an additional $ 550,000 for the district, which would be used for infrastructure and salaries.
If passed, Measure 5A would increase annual taxes on private property by $ 100,000 from $ 32.35 per year. The school board would then decide how to allocate funds to meet both deferred maintenance and salary needs.
The district did not specify how the funds would be split between staff compensation and capital needs, but the superintendent warned that the district will have to make tough decisions without additional funds.
GREAT FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT N ° 1
Ballot paper number 6A
The Greater Fire Protection District, faced with increasing calls and struggling revenues, is also asking for a factory tax increase. The 152 square mile district serves Granby and the surrounding area.
By combining the current district mills and bond debt, Fire District taxpayers are currently paying 8.25 miles on their property to the Fire District. The 3.8 mill bond debt ends in 2025, so Grand Fire is asking to increase to 10 mill total for the district.
If passed, Ballot 6A would put bond debt into the department’s operating budget instead of letting it expire, while giving the district an additional income of $ 1.75 million.
The additional cost for residential property would be $ 12.19 per $ 100,000. This would raise an additional $ 341,000 for Grand Fire each year, which would be used for capital improvements, fire prevention and personnel costs.