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   PICKS FOR ELECTION DAY NOVEMBER 3, 2015



NO on State Proposition BB


As much as we dislike returning tax money to marijuana growers, this proposition is poorly worded and would allow the money to be used for anything the state wants.



YES on CITY OF COLORADO SPRINGS 2C


Would temporarily raise for five years the city’s portion of the sales tax from 2.5 percent to 3.12 percent, in order to procure $50 million per year for road repair. That’s an additional 6.2 percent on a $10 purchase, excluding medicine, groceries, and utility bills.


(Note: the 2.5 percent rate is not the total current sales tax. Adding the county, state and regional transportation authority percentages brings the total sales tax to 7.63 percent currently. If 2C passes, the new rate would be 8.25).


Nonetheless, this is badly needed and it’s common sense. All work is to be done by private contractors. No city employees are to be hired.


YES on CITY OF COLORADO SPRINGS 2D


This allows the city to keep $2.1 million in already received taxes above its 2014 amount permitted by TABOR (Taxpayer Bill of Rights). TABOR requires the city to get taxpayer permission to keep the money, which will be used solely for repairs and improvements to city bikeways and hiking trails.


All work to be done by private contractors, not city employees.



ACADEMY DISTRICT 20 SCHOOL BOARD


Two vacancies exist this year but only two people applied as candidates, so there will be no election. These candidates will fill the vacancies.


COLORADO SPRINGS DISTRICT 11 SCHOOL BOARD


This year we go with the following three recommendations from Keith King and Steve Schuck, two men who care deeply about improving District 11 schools. We don’t know these candidates personally, however.


this is from the from the King/Schuck recommendation flyer:


Jeff Kemp, a landscape contractor and member of the board of James Irwin Charter Academy, a local charter school that consistently ranks as one of the  best in our State. He is incredibly well informed, passionate about quality in education, and an assertive, persuasive leader.

 

Dan Ajamian, the Academic Dean of Colorado Early Colleges - Douglas County, to which he commutes from his home in D-ll. An expert on curriculum with a deep appreciation for traditional academics, Dan's smarts, principles, and sunny optimism suggest a young Sen. Cory Gardner.

 

Karla Heard-Price is the owner and CEO of Windsong Assisted Living Facility here in Colorado Springs. She is vivacious and committed to using her business acumen and civic involvement to improve academic results in D-11.

 

  

VOTERS PLEASE NOTE: Your D11 ballot will ask you to select up to four candidates, not three. If you select only three, your ballot will still count. Don’t waste that fourth vote unless you know the candidate.