Carbondale raises taxes on pot

Carbondale voters on Tuesday bumped up the price of marijuana in town limits.

A measure to establish a 5 percent local sales tax on marijuana and marijuana products passed by a 73 percent to 27 percent margin.

The new tax is intended to fund the enforcement of marijuana laws, education and public-health programs associated with marijuana consumption and other town expenses.

The results of several other races around western Colorado are as follows, reflecting the latest available tallies.


Also in Garfield County, Silt voters rejected a measure that would have added a 0.75 percent sales tax to raise $160,000 for economic development, 25 percent to 75 percent.

Voters in the Silt Water Conservancy District by 52 percent to 48 percent rejected a request to deBruce, or remove revenue limits under the Taxpayers Bill of Rights amendment to the state constitution.

Glenwood Springs Fire Protection District voters, meanwhile, approved by a 59-41 percent margin a 2-mill tax increase to generate $130,000 annually from 2014 through 2018.


In Delta County, voters turned down a ballot measure to increase the mill levy to raise $511,596 annually for the public library district.

The measure fell 58 to 42 percent.

Voters in Delta County also eliminated term limits for four elected offices.

The term limit for clerk and recorder was eliminated 61 to 39 percent. For treasurer, the tally was 59 percent to 41 percent and for surveyor, 64-36 percent. For assessor, it was 58-42 percent.

Voters in the Grand Mesa Water Conservancy District agreed by nearly 3 to 1 to a plan to borrow $200,000 to rehabilitate reservoirs in the Surface Creek drainage that provide domestic and agricultural water. The repayment cost could run as high as $270,000.

The tally at night’s end was 74 percent for, 26 percent against.



Voters in the Mesa Water and Sanitation District agreed to lift revenue limits and eliminate term limits for board members.

The TABOR vote passed 64-36 percent and the term-limits measure, 71 to 29 percent.


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