City Council will be holding a meeting to make a statement and receive questions and comments from the public regarding ballot questions 2A, 2B, and 2C.
On Wednesday, March 27th, at 6:00 p.m., the Grand Junction City Council will be hosting a community meeting to discuss the recent concerns about the ballot questions being considered by voters in the upcoming municipal election. The concerns are centered around the portion of the ballot language that attempted to illustrate how each of the tax increases would impact a purchase. Members of City Council, as well as staff, look forward to the opportunity to clarify ballot language and answer questions from community members. The meeting will be held in the auditorium at City Hall, located at 250 N. 5th Street.
As a reminder, this year voters are asked to consider the following questions on the ballot, due on April 2nd:
* Three Council seats up for election: District B, District C, and an At-large seat;
* Three sales tax questions: an increase in sales tax for first responders, transportation, and a community center;
* One question regarding the sale of Burkey Park; and
* Two questions concerning amendments to the City’s Charter (regarding franchises and lease terms).
A sample ballot can be found at www.gjcity.org/AprilElection.
“Recently questions have been raised about the April ballot – on behalf of the City Council and staff I would like to respond to the concerns we have heard.
This week we heard concerns regarding question 2A and 2B. If these ballot questions pass, the tax rate will be .25% in 2A and .5% in 2B. The concern expressed is about the part of the ballot language that attempted to illustrate how the tax increase would impact a purchase; the language has raised questions. It was written with the intent to add further clarity; however, it has done the opposite. There is a mathematical explanation to the language; however, we erred in believing that would be the only explanation required. Only reading the verbiage, which is the same in both questions, (WHICH IS AN INCREASE OF ONE QUARTER CENT ON EACH TEN DOLLAR PURCHASE in 2A) and (WHICH IS AN INCREASE OF ONE HALF CENT ON EACH TEN DOLLAR PURCHASE in 2B) without doing a calculation, does result in an error. The City Council and staff had no intent to make the questions less clear or to purposely deceive anyone. This error was inadvertent and for that, we apologize.
It has also recently been brought to our attention that question 2C states $79,000,000 MILLION and $150,000,000 MILLION. In both of these instances the word MILLION should not have been included and therefore is in error. The numbers and the words are duplicated. It should simply read $79,000,000 and $150,000,000, respectively.
The City Council is concerned that the recent discussions about the form of the questions will take away from the true and important public discussion about content or why the questions are being asked. The City Council trusts that voters will decide these questions based on their own convictions about the importance of City services not the errors in the form of the questions that you may have read about or heard reported. The City needs an engaged citizenry and we welcome your input through the election process. Please carefully consider the substance of each question with your vote.”