The State of Colorado and Chaffee County have finalized the ballot questions that will appear on the Tuesday, Nov. 5 election. County ballots will include two state ballot propositions, and the county slate includes the election of both Salida and Buena Vista School District Directors. Candidates for those offices are listed below in the order in which they will appear on the ballot.

The ballot question likely to attract the most attention is 5A. It asks Salida school district residents if they choose to be included in the boundaries of the (existing) Colorado Mountain College Tax District.

Salida School District Order of Ballot and Content

Salida School District Director – District 1

Four Year Term of Office (Vote for One)

There are no candidates for this office.

Salida School District Director – District 2

Four Year Term of Office (Vote for One)

Jennifer Visitacion

Salida School District Director – District 4

Two Year Term of Office (Vote for One)

Joe Smith

Salida School District Director – District 5

Two Year Term of Office (Vote for One)

There are no candidates for this office.

Salida School District Director – At Large

Four Year Term of Office (Vote for One)

Joel McBride

“Salida School District Ballot Question 5A:

Shall the property within the boundaries of Salida School District Number R32J be included in the boundaries of the Colorado Mountain College District, and in so doing expand the availability of low-cost college degrees and certificates; continuing education and lifelong learning; tuition-free concurrent enrollment for high school students; and skilled trades and industry-specific training, on behalf of the residents of the Salida School District Number R32J?”

Buena Vista School District Order of Ballot and Ballot Content

Buena Vista School District Director – District A

Four Year Term of Office (Vote for One)

Stacey Moss
Nathaniel Weeks

Buena Vista School District Director – District C

Two Year Term of Office (Vote for One)

Suzette Hachmann

Buena Vista School District Director – At Large

Four Year Term of Office (Vote for Two)

Brett Mitchell
Tracy Storms

Buena Vista School District Director – At Large

Two Year Term of Office (Vote for One)

Jessica Crites
Nancy Best

Colorado Ballot Questions

Secretary of State Jena Griswold gave county clerks notice that two state statutory propositions will be on the November ballot:

Proposition CC (STATUTORY) Without raising taxes and to better fund public schools, higher education, and roads, bridges, and transit, within a balanced budget, may the state keep and spend all the revenue it annually collects after June 30, 2019, but is not currently allowed to keep and spend under Colorado law, with an annual independent audit to show how these retained revenues are spent?

Proposition DD (STATUTORY) Shall state taxes be increased by $29 million annually to fund state water projects and commitments and to pay for the regulation of sports betting through licensed casinos by authorizing a tax on sports betting of 10 percent of net sports betting proceeds, and to impose the tax on persons licensed to conduct sports betting operations?

There is a terminology to ballot language. Ballot questions referred by the general assembly or any political subdivision are listed by letter, and ballot questions initiated by the people are listed numerically.

A ballot question listed as an “amendment” proposes a change to the Colorado Constitution, and a ballot question listed as a “proposition” proposes a change to the Colorado Revised Statutes. A”yes/for” vote on any ballot question is a vote in favor of changing current law or existing circumstances. A “no/against” vote on any ballot question is a vote against changing current law or existing circumstances.