Jill Jurca elected to the school board
By Pat Sunderland
Turnout was fair, with 38.5% voting in this off-year election where Delta County voters has only one race -- for the school board -- and a question related to municipalities participating in a high-speed Internet project.
Jill Jurca won the race for Delta County School board for District Two over Genevieve Novinger. Jurca tallied nearly 62 percent (3,972) of the vote while Novinger received 38 percent (2,454).
Pete Blair, running unopposed for the school board from District Three, was elected with 5,481 votes.
Local voters favored the statewide ballot question Proposition BB, regarding the retention of tax revenue from marijuana over the budget and providing $40 million to schools, with 63 percent (4,981) in favor and 36.6 percent (2,880) opposed.
Advanced Services related to Senate Bill 05-152
Voters in each of the municipalities, and in the unincorporated areas of Delta County, approved ballot questions providing the county, and each municipality, the authority to restore local authority to provide high-speed internet (advanced services), telecommunications services and/or cable television services. This opens the way for Region 10 to continue working an a broadband internet project involving all of Delta County.
Sales Tax Increase in Cedaredge
Cedaredge voters turned down a .5% increase in the town's sales tax, which was to have helped fund its street capital improvement fund, recreational capital improvement fund, general capital improvement fund and its general fund. A total of 377 voted against the measure (56%) while 294 voted (44%) in favor.
North Fork Water Conservancy District TABOR quesiton
Voters in the North Fork Water Conservancy District overwhelming supported a measure to remove TABOR restrictions, with 1,607 in favor (74.4%) and 560 opposed (25.5%). This allows the district to also seek grants and other alternative sources to help fund the operation and maintenance of the irrigation water system for much of the North Fork, and for Paonia Reservoir.