Tax hikes on ballots in Yampa, Oak Creek
South Routt — Yampa and Oak Creek voters will face similar issues in municipal elections Tuesday.
Oak Creek has two questions on the ballot. The first asks voters if the town should add a 3-percent tax on all construction materials bought for use on property in the town limits.
The construction tax is estimated to earn the town $3,000 annually.
If a new housing development being proposed in Oak Creek is built, the tax would help the new construction pay its way, Trustee Deb Van Gundy said.
The second ballot question asks Oak Creek residents if a 1-percent vehicle tax should be added onto any car or vehicle bought by an Oak Creek resident. The tax is estimated to bring the town $16,000 a year.
The revenues from both taxes would go straight into the town’s parks and recreation fund. That would free general fund money previously used for parks and recreation needs.
There are no names on the ballot for three open trustee positions and the for mayor’s open seat. Trustees Sonja Norris, Mike Kien and Van Gundy are running as incumbents, but one more person is needed to make a complete board.
Trustee Dave Harper, who isn’t seeking reelection, has turned in the proper paperwork to be a write-in candidate and said he’d do the job if nobody else does.
Trustee Clyde Moore also is a write-in candidate.
Voters in Yampa will be asked to add three sales taxes in town to help boost funds for town operations.
In one ballot question, the Town Board is proposing 2-percent taxes on general sales, construction materials and vehicles. If voters approve the taxes, the town will collect an estimated $23,000 more a year.
In the second ballot question, Yampa residents are asked to do away with the term limits for trustees and the mayor.
Trustees can be elected to two, four-year terms, while mayors can serve three, two-year terms.
The board would like to see the terms done away with because it’s difficult to get people to volunteer for the positions.
“It’s not that we’re trying to keep anyone on the board,” Mayor Brenda Northrop said. “Small towns don’t need term limits.”
Five spots are open on the Town Board, with five candidates running unopposed.
Dick Rudeen, Shari Cole, Paul Zywicki and Jody Vetter have signed on to be elected for another term, while Jon Anarella, who has been attending every meeting for the last few months, will step up for his first term.
Northrop isn’t running for another term as mayor and nobody is running for her position. The new Board of Trustees will have to appoint a mayor.
Residents can vote Tuesday at their respective town halls.
Get out and vote
Municipal elections are being held in Oak Creek, Yampa and Hayden on Tuesday. Registered voters who live in those towns can vote from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at their respective town halls, listed below:
– Oak Creek Town Hall, 129 W. Colfax.
– Yampa Town Hall, 56 Lincoln St.
– Hayden Town Hall, 178 W. Jefferson Ave.
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