Grand County election results
November 10, 2016
Grand County saw a large number of voters for the 2016 election. Election night was busy in Hot Sulphur Springs as citizens stood in line up until the deadline of 7 p.m. to get to the polls, and the lines moved quickly for the last-minute voters.
Voter turnout in Grand County was at 74.79 percent on election night, according to the county website, with 8,769 ballots cast.
The election was crucial for those who support open lands, and for the sustainability of the Grand County Library District (GCLD).
Ballot measure 1B
The GCLD has been on the forefront of citizens minds for many months now, and the 2016 election has proven to be a big win for the libraries and those who support them in Grand County. After many emotional meetings at different libraries throughout the county, the GCLD proposed a way to sustain their current open branches, but it was up to voters to make it happen. With the passing of ballot measure 1B, Grand County will see a mill levy increase from 2.41 mills to 3.36 mills (a.95 increase). The GCLD Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting at 2 p.m. on Friday, November 11 at the Granby Library in the Community Meeting Room. The meeting will consider the 2017 budget. At their October 11 meeting the GCLD approved two budgets: one for if the ballot measure passed, and one for if it did not. In that meeting, the budget presented with the mill levy increase will allow the GCLD to pay off the debt in the Juniper and Granby libraries by 2026 and move towards a balanced budget while maintaining library services for all five branches.
Ballot measure 1A
Ballot measure 1A also passed and will impose a county-wide sales tax of 0.3 percent, which expires in 10 years, and will be used for keeping water in the Colorado River and other rivers (such as the Fraser River) available for agriculture, ranching, and outdoor recreation; conserving agricultural lands, natural areas, scenic open lands, wildlife habitat, wetlands, and river access through acquisition; and maintaining hiking and biking trails.
The BOCC will appoint an Open Lands, Rivers and Trails Advisory committee called the “Open Lands Advisory Committee.
The committee will be composed of nine members—three residents from unincorporated Grand County, one from each commissioner district, and a person nominated by each municipality in the County.
The committee will convene twice a year to make recommendations to the BOCC regarding the disbursement of money from the Open Lands Fund, review applications for money, and discuss major trail maintenance programs. The committee will be all-volunteer based.
Rich Cimino beat Andy Miller for District 1 County Commissioner. Cimino will be replacing Commissioner Jane Tollett, and will take office on January 2, 2017. District 1 encompasses Winter Park, Fraser, and Tabernash. Cimino took the commissioner race with 54.99 percent of Grand County Votes. Commissioner Merritt Linke was up for re-election for District 2, but running unopposed. District 2 encompasses Granby and Grand Lake.
Judge Mary Hoak retained her seat for the 14th Judicial District with 74.27 percent of Grand County votes.
Michael Bennett (D) won the race for State Senator in Colorado defeating GOP opponent Darryl Glenn. Bennett received 42.18 percent of Grand County votes.
Randy Baumgardner (R) won his run for re-election to the State Senate for District 8. Baumgardner received 57.55 percent of Grand County votes.