Municipal ballots due by 7 p.m.
Residents in cities and towns across the Western Slope tonight will decide whether to approve a sales-tax increase to fund a recreation center, choose whether retail marijuana stores should be allowed to set up shop and elect new boards and councils.
Ballots in today’s municipal elections are due by 7 p.m. in local city and town clerks’ offices. It is too late to mail them.
Some of the more noteworthy ballot questions include:
■ Questions in Fruita, De Beque and Collbran to allow retail marijuana sales. Fruita voters also are being asked to enact a 5 percent excise tax on marijuana sales. The question on the ballot in Collbran is merely an advisory measure, with results intended to assist the town board with making a determination.
■ A proposed 0.3 percent sales-tax increase in Montrose that would fund the construction of a roughly $25 million recreation center. Voters two years ago rejected a similar measure.
■ A question in Palisade about whether the town should be allowed to publish legal notices by title only. Currently, Palisade and many others publish notices in full in local newspapers.
■ Seven questions in Parachute, including whether to stop publishing notices including payment of bills, expenditures and awarding of contracts in a newspaper and instead post them to its website; whether to limit the mayor and trustees to three consecutive four-year terms; and whether to generally prohibit mayoral and trustee dealings with personnel except through the town administrator.
■ A question in Silt about whether under the town charter the town administrator should be authorized to appoint the police chief, treasurer and town clerk.
Candidates for city councils and town boards in communities like Fruita, Palisade and Montrose are running unopposed.
In Fruita, incumbent Mayor Lori Buck is facing a challenge from Alan Story.
In Collbran, incumbents JoLynn Dorman, Kelly Stewart and Eugene Stricklan and challengers Tamara Entwistle, Rebecca Schowalter, Vic Sturm and Patty Sturm are battling for four trustee seats.
Five people in Parachute are running for three trustee seats: Incumbents Mary Candy Allbee, Thomas Rugaard and John Yadloski Jr. and challengers Tim Olk and Michael Warren.
Silt will see a change in mayors. Incumbent Dave Moore is instead running for a town trustee seat. Mayor Pro-Tem Rick Aluise and Mark Anderson are vying for the open mayoral slot. Aluise also is a former town administrator in Silt.
Incumbents Paul Taylor and Bryan Fleming join Moore in running for three trustee seats, along with T.J. Tucker, D. Aron Diaz and Dylan Lewis.