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Colorado Springs voters aren't the only ones going to the polls today

April 4, 2017 Updated: April 4, 2017 at 12:18 pm
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It's campaign season for city elections across Colorado in the coming weeks, and this year's ballots collectively pack an interesting punch.

Besides council races, voters will decide on pot taxes, faster Internet, sales taxes and fluoride, to name a few.

There's not hustle and bustle of governors or presidents blowing through when there's loose dogs and nepotism to debate on the local ballot.

"This illustrates why many municipal elections are held in the spring - so communities can focus on local needs and issues," said Sam Mamet, executive director executive director of the Municipal League.

Georgetown canceled its election because none of the incumbents were challenged. If it ain't broke ...

Voters in Central City, Colorado Springs, Craig, Durango, Fort Collins, Grand Junction, Glenwood Springs, Ridgway and Ward will elect city council members or town board trustees on April 4.

Residents in Otis, a town of about 500 on the Eastern Plains, will vote on recalling four of the five town trustees, in a campaign led by a former trustee over, among other things, enforcement of an ordinance on "animals running at large, dangerous buildings or structures, inoperable vehicles, junk vehicles and public nuisances," according to a meandering set of circumstances described by the Akron News-Reporter.

Aspen and Gunnision will hold city elections in May, then Mountain Village in June.

Candidates aren't the only thing Coloradans will be voting on.

Among the most interesting ballot questions:

Durango will decide whether to ban fluoride to the city's drinking water.

Colorado Springs and Central City will vote on giving local government the OK to provide high-speed Internet service.

Glenwood Springs voters will decide on a 5 percent excise tax on retail sales and sales by marijuana grow operations.

Grand Junction will consider a 0.25 percent sales tax to build an events center and improve the Two Rivers Convention Center.

Craig is looking at 1.25-cent sales tax increase and a 3.5 percent hike in a use tax for construction and the town's general fund.

Ward, a town of less than 200 in Boulder County, is considering a whopping 4 percent sales tax increase.

Fort Collins has four proposed changes to its charter, including one to clarify that decision-makers can't sell city services or property to relatives.

Gunnison hopes to reorganize its Planning and Zoning Commission and strengthen its anti-nepotism rules.

Buena Vista will vote on providing municipal property to the local school district. Body-justified

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