Council Members: We just finished the agenda planning session for Monday and Tuesday. There are two issues that I want to inform you about. The first is when a ballot issue is referred to the voters. The stormwater task force referred measure is going to be referred by the county. We do not know yet whether or not the county is expecting the city to help pay for that to be put on the ballot. If we put anything on the November ballot: city council employees, marijuana, city specific infrastructure vote, utility signature by Mayor, district run-off for council, etc., we need to finalize those issues by the end of July.
After thinking about the cost of up to $450,000 to place city referred measures on the November ballot, I am no longer in favor of referring issues in November and think that the city issues should go on the April ballot. If the majority of Council want to put ballot issues on the November ballot, we need to have those discussions about the issues beginning with next week’s work session agenda.
SO IF A MAJORITY OF COUNCIL WANT THESE ITEMS TO BE DISCUSSED ON THE TUESDAY REGULAR MEETING AGENDA, I NEED TO KNOW BY WEDNESDAY AT NOON SO WE CAN PUT THEM ON THE TUESDAY AGENDA.
IF I DO NOT HEAR FROM YOU BY NOON TOMORROW, I ASSUME YOU DO NOT WANT THE MEASURES PLACED ON THE NOVEMBER BALLOT.
That seems like a highly reasonable decision, given the cost to the city and the cluttered November ballot. It does mean the April 2015 city elections will be extraordinarily interesting and contentious. We’ll be electing a mayor and three at-large councilmembers.
Jan Martin can’t run again, thanks to term limits, but incumbents Val Snyder and Merv Bennett are free to run if they so choose.
Mayor Steve Bach can also run for another term, but has yet to announce his intentions. It seems almost certain that John Suthers, who will complete his final term as Colorado’s attorney general this year, will enter the race. And it’s clear that Jan Martin’s many fans would like to see her enter the race.
A Suthers/Bach/Martin contest would certainly generate some fireworks, and having three or four Council-referred charter changes could make things even more interesting.