Election season getting underway
Last updated 10/11/2022 at 2:38pm | View PDF
With signs for candidates and ballot issues popping up in the last few days, it's clear that the election is now less than a month away. Ballots will be mailed to registered voters in El Paso County on Oct. 17.
In Fountain, voters will be asked to approve the first mill levy increase since 1990. This initiative is listed as City of Fountain Ballot Issue 2B on the Nov. 8 ballot. It would raise an estimated $1.7 million annually — enough to employ an additional six fire department employees and six more police officers. Officials estimate the average homeowner would see an increase of $15 a month to fund this.
Editor's note: A full analysis of 2B will be published in the Oct. 19 issue. Questionnaires have been sent to numerous candidates, including for the House District 21 and State Senate District 11 races, sheriff, and various other county offices, and those responses will be published Oct. 19 and Oct. 26.
Other issues around the county include:
Hanover School District 28 is posing a bond question (4B), asking the taxpayers to allow the District to acquire up to $13.8 million additional debt financed via bonds and to fund these bonds by extending the 2002 Bond Approval.
The proposed debt would fund the following changes (for more details refer to the District Master Plan):
– Infrastructure changes to improve the health and safety at both schools
– expansion of Prairie Heights Elementary school (essentially doubling the size of the school)
The plan is to fund the majority of these changes through a BEST grant (approximately 70 percent funded through the state) and only to fund the district's required match (30 percent) through bonds.
This proposed bond would not increase taxes above that allowed by the current 2002 Bond Approval — in other words, no tax increase.
Calhan School District's Issue 5C also requests a debt limit increase by $7.5 million along with a tax increase.
Ellicott School District has Ballot Issue 4C, requesting a tax increase to generate an additional $592,000 annually for school maintenance and better salaries for teachers and staff.
Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (PPRTA) seek, with Ballot Issue 7A, to continue its existing 0.55-percent sales tax. It is set to sunset at the end of 2024, and this would extend it by 10 years.
PPRTA has many projects listed that this tax could potentially help fund, including Powers Boulevard/Mesa Ridge Parkway extension to I-25 (design and right-of-way acquisition); Bradley Road from Goldfield to Powers; Drennan Road bridge over Jimmy Camp Creek; Fontaine Boulevard from Rolling View Drive to Sleepy Meadow Drive; Fountain Mesa Road from Caballero to Fontaine Boulevard; Old Pueblo Road from Link to I-25.
Ballot and voting details
The El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's Office reports that the 2022 ballot is the longest ever for the county. A sample of the ballot, which measures 21 inches on both sides and has up to 54 races, is available for preview online at https://clerkandrecorder.elpasoco.com under the "Election" tab. Or, visit http://www.epcvotes.com for the sample ballot and election information. Register to vote at http://www.GoVoteColorado.gov. Registrations and changes may be made until Oct. 31 to receive a ballot by mail in advance of the Nov. 8 election. This can be done in-person at a polling site through Election Day. Voters can visit any location to register to vote, update their voter registration, request a replacement ballot, mark their ballot using an ADA accessible ballot marking device, or drop off a ballot.
Voters can find out where their ballot is throughout the process by signing up for Colorado’s BallotTrax: https://colorado.ballottrax.net/voter/. You can follow your ballot from when it’s mailed to you to when the Clerk's office receives your returned voted ballot. Notifications are by text, email or phone.
Beginning Monday, Oct. 17, the VSPC location below is open the following days and hours:
• Main Office (EPC Clerk’s Office) - Citizens Service Center — 1675 W. Garden of the Gods Road, Colorado Springs
Monday, Oct. 17 - Friday, November 4 — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (not open weekends)
Saturday, November 5 — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday, November 7 — 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Election Day, Tuesday, November 8 — 7 a.m. to 7 p.m
The VSPC locations below are open the following days and hours:
• UCCS – Kettle Creek Room #108, 4785 Clyde Way, Colorado Springs
• Downtown/Centennial Hall – NW corner of Cascade Ave. & Vermijo St., 200 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs
• Southeast Branch (EPC Clerk’s Office) – SE corner of Powers Blvd. & Airport Rd.
5650 Industrial Pl., Colorado Springs, CO 80916
• Fort Carson (EPC Clerk’s Office) – Enter at Gate 1, 6351 Wetzel Ave., Bldg. 1525, Fort Carson
• North Branch (EPC Clerk’s Office) – NW corner of Union Blvd. & Research Pkwy., 8830 N. Union Blvd., Colorado Springs
Monday, October 24, 2022, – Friday, November 4, 2022, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (excluding weekends)
Saturday, November 5, 2022, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday, November 7, 2022, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Election Day, Tuesday, November 8, 2022, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Many other locations will be open Nov. 4-8, and those will be listed in a future issue. They are posted at https://clerkandrecorder.elpasoco.com/elections/ballot-drop-boxes-vspc-locations/