Yes To Marijuana Tax, No To Jail, Justice Center
By Kathy Bedell © Saguache Today
Saguache County voters weighed in at the polls yesterday November 8 on a variety of issues. Lining up with the national trend of solid voter turnout, approximately 2,700 ballots were cast countywide.
In local decisions, voters decided to pass Ballot issue 1A which will provide a sales tax on retail marijuana in the county. The official report filed with the Colorado secretary of State stated 1,427 votes were cast in favor of the measure and 1,224 were against. The excise tax of 5%, known informally as the marijuana tax, will allow Saguache County to collect revenue excised on the sale of marijuana. The application of the new revenue generated from the tax will be up to the discretion of the Saguache County Commissioners It has been discussed that the new revenue stream will be used toward such projects as youth services, Land Use code enforcement and various county infrastructures. The new tax will go into effect on January 1, 2017.
In other election news, voters decided to reject Ballot Issue 1B which would have provided revenue generated from a 1 % sales tax increase to be used in support of the Saguache County Sheriff’s Department including staff training, and the maintenance and construction of a new jail and justice center.
There were 1,170 votes cast in favor but the measure was defeated with 1,486 voters declining their support of the initiative.
It was no surprise that both Democratic candidates for Saguache County Commissioners will retain their perspective seat on the Board of County Commissioners as both races were uncontested. Democrat Jason Anderson garnered 1,827 votes and Ken Anderson secured 1,830 votes at the booths yesterday
For complete Election 2016 results tallied from Saguache County, please visit the Colorado Secretary of State’s official website HERE.