Term limits are a thing of the past for the county assessor, clerk and recorder, treasurer and surveyor. Term limits for the county coroner and sheriff were eliminated by voters in 2012.
Some form of the question has been presented to Delta County voters six times since term limits were implemented statewide following the 1994 election.
County clerk Ann Eddins believes Amendment 17 — mandating term limits for state and county offices — passed because many voters thought the term limits would also apply to federal offices. It didn't, but it did allow governments to opt out.
The question first went to voters in 1998 with all the offices lumped together in one question: Shall limitations on terms of office for elected Delta County officials be eliminated? That approach failed, so in 2000 seven separate questions were listed on the ballot. All failed. Same questions, same results in 2001, but the margin was getting narrower. In fact, "yes" and "no" votes were tied for the clerk and recorder.
In 2005, the commissioners were dropped from a question asking term limits to be extended from two to three consecutive terms, as long as voters chose to re-elect the assessor, clerk and recorder, coroner, sheriff, surveyor and treasurer. That question passed handily.
Then in 2012, term limits were eliminated altogether for the county sheriff and county coroner. The margin of approval was convincing — 73% for the sheriff and 81% for the coroner.
A total of 10,164 ballots were cast this year. Approval for elimination of term limits ranged from 58% to 63%, depending on the office.
Only the county commissioners continue to be bound by term limits.
"I guess people finally decided if the elected officials are doing a good job, why make them leave," Eddins said.
Administratively, operation of the county clerk, assessor and treasurer's offices grows increasingly more complicated, she added. Every year between 70 and 80 pieces of legislation are proposed that affect some function of the clerk's office, from motor vehicle registration to elections. Knowledge of the regulations pertaining to the office is essential.
That said, Eddins says three terms in office will be enough for her.
In the school board races, Jan Tuin, Tammy Smith and Ron Germann were elected to office. Tuin and Smith are incumbents; Germann replaces Cheryl Hines, who was term-limited. He narrowly defeated Gary Coats, 51% to 49%.
Mike Mason has lost three bids for office — school board in 2011 and 2013, and county commissioner in 2008, when he lost a primary bid to Bruce Hovde. Coats' foray into politics was his first.
Voters rejected a mill levy increase request from Delta Public Libraries, with 57% voting against the 1.67 mill increase in property taxes.
Paonia voters approved a TABOR question and agreed to add $3 a month to their utilities bills to create a fund dedicated to the construction and maintenance of existing sidewalks. About 513 voters cast ballots in Paonia.
In a question directed to residents of the Grand Mesa Water Conservancy District, 74% agreed to allow an increase in debt to secure additional water supplies and improve water distribution systems.
Amendment 66 (school funding) was defeated in Delta County, as well as across the state, and Proposition AA (taxes on marijuana sales) was approved.
There are 21,054 registered voters in Delta County. With 10,164 ballots cast, voter turnout was just over 48%.blog comments powered by Disqus