Wheat Ridge wins some, loses some

Glenn Wallace
gwallace@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 11/12/18

Election Night was kind to Wheat Ridge, as the city's ballot measures 2A and 2B passed, and two city politicians seeking higher office were chosen by voters. Councilwoman Monica Duran won her bid to …

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Wheat Ridge wins some, loses some

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Election Night was kind to Wheat Ridge, as the city's ballot measures 2A and 2B passed, and two city politicians seeking higher office were chosen by voters.

Councilwoman Monica Duran won her bid to represent House District 24 in the state legislature, and City Treasurer Jerry DiTullio will be Jefferson County's new treasurer.

Wheat Ridge voters supported Measure 2A — allowing the city to provide telecom services if it so chooses — by 81 percent.

City Manager Patrick Goff said the city does not currently have any plans to try and offer cable or internet services to residents, but wanted to establish city authority to do so, as had many surrounding municipalities.

Measure 2B was regarding money raised from a 2016-approved sales tax. The tax ended up raising nearly $457,931 more than estimated. The city requested taxpayers allow the city to keep that excess money to pay off municipal bonds a bit sooner, and voters agreed 78.1 percent to 29.1 percent.

"We're happy of course," Goff said of 2B's victory. The city said trying to reimburse all city taxpayers roughly $14 would have been a challenge. Instead, Goff said the city will use the money to pay down the bonds taken out in relation to the 2016 tax increase. He estimated the early payment would save the city about $1 million over the life of the bond.

Duran represents District I on the council. Goff said the remaining city councilmembers will have 30 days from the date of Duran's resignation to appoint a replacement. DiTullio's position does not have a set time limit under city rules, possibly allowing the position to remain vacant until the 2019 general election, said Goff.

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