TABOR timeout, pot-shop issue on Fruita ballot


Lori Buck

■ Age: 40

■ Profession: Administrative assistant with Bighorn Consulting Engineers

■ Years lived in the Grand Valley: native

Fruita voters will decide next week what their community will look like in the coming years.

Two ballot questions ask residents whether they want to approve a revenue-retention measure and ban medical marijuana centers.

Referred Issue A would grant the city a six-year break from limitations imposed by the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights and allow it to spend the extra money on capital projects and maintenance of those projects.

Voters agreed to a similar timeout four times: 1993, 1995, 2000 and 2006. City officials estimated that by the end of this year, they will have collected and spent nearly $3.3 million on capital improvements as a result of the most recent six-year exemption. They also estimate they were able to generate more than $15.6 million in grants they otherwise wouldn’t have been able to obtain.

Referred Measure B would prohibit the commercial sale of medical marijuana in the city.

Council members last year adopted a ban on any license or permit to operate a center that runs through June 30. The ballot measure, if approved, would make that moratorium permanent. There currently are no medical marijuana centers in Fruita.

Voters in Mesa County and the city of Grand Junction previously banned such businesses. Palisade voters in November permitted them to operate in town.  — Mike Wiggins


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