Springs residents reject city's ballot measures; G-town voters OK marijuana tax

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By Ian Neligh

Idaho Springs residents rejected all three ballot measures brought forward by the city in Tuesday's election, according to early results.

In the only contested city council race, John Curtis bested newcomer Jessica Guy.
In Georgetown residents, approved a per-transaction tax on the sale of marijuana.
Meanwhile, voters agreed to let the county pursue a plan to develop high-speed Internet. 
Clear Creek also followed the state in approving Proposition BB, allowing the state to make use of taxes on the sale of recreational marijuana.

Ballot questions
Residents again rejected turning the city clerk and city treasurer positions into appointed posts rather than elected offices, with 58 percent. Similar attempts by the city in the past several elections were similarly defeated.
Voters also defeated the city's attempt to publish new city ordinances in a truncated form and by title only in the Clear Creek Courant. The measure was denied with 69 percent of the vote.

Springs council race
In Ward 2, recently appointed council member John Curtis vanquished opponent Jessica Guy with 56 percent of the vote.
Curtis, a former council member, is the water/wastewater superintendent for Georgetown and during the campaign touted his many years of municipal government experience.
Based on early results, it was unclear how write-in candidate Keith Buckley fared in the election. County Clerk Pam Phipps said votes for write-in candidate are tallied at a later time.
In Ward 3, Jason Siegel, who was recently appointed to the council, was unopposed. 

Georgetown residents voted 162 to 152 to narrowly approve an occupation tax on marijuana sales.
The measure levies $5 in taxes on each retail or wholesale sale in town for an additional $100,000 annually in tax revenue.
The Sergeant Greenleaf Wellness Center is the only marijuana dispensary in Georgetown.
Angelo Butierres, owner of Sergeant Green Leaf, was strongly opposed to the ballot question, saying marijuana is already overtaxed, and that the additional levy would be "devastating" to his business.
The town hopes to use the additional revenue to offset the costs associated with administration and policing of the industry and to improve town services.

County results
Clear Creek residents voted to let the county come up with a plan for providing high-speed Internet, with 85 percent of the votes.
The county will need a partnership with a private carrier because state law prohibits governments from offering telecommunication services. The measure also makes the county eligible for state funding.

Proposition BB
With 65 percent of the votes, Clear Creek followed state voters in allowing Colorado to spend the $66.1 million in taxes collected during the first year that sales of recreational marijuana have been legal.
The state plans to distribute $40 million to school districts to be used for school construction, and $12 million to 26 state programs including marijuana education and prevention campaigns; bullying prevention and substance abuse screening; intervention; and referrals. The state says the remainder of the money is not yet allocated.