Paonia approves ballot language

By Tamie Meck

Paonia voters will be asked to consider whether to opt out of Senate Bill 05-152 -- which restricts municipalities from providing Internet services -- in the Nov. 3 general election.

At the Aug. 25 town board meeting, trustees voted unanimously to adopt a resolution calling for the referendum to be placed on the ballot, and approved an intergovernmental agreement with the Delta County Clerk for coordinated election services.

The cost to taxpayers to put the measure on the ballot was originally estimated at about $2,270. The county clerk and recorder's office relayed to the town that as the number of entities that put the question on the ballot goes up, the cost goes down. With all but two Delta County municipalities including a referendum in the November general election, cost to the town could go as low as about $1,311.

The cost is not included in the 2015 budget, and will likely come from the administrative operating budget, administration expenditures account, which is where elections costs are typically covered, said Berry.

The ballot language is the same language used by the City of Montrose when it put the issue up to voters in 2014. That measure was passed.