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By Bud Starker

Well, another election season is in the books. While some of us are breathing a sigh of relief that the advertising is done for the year, we all have cause for celebration and reflection. As I share some of the results that impact the Wheat Ridge community, I’d like to start by congratulating our city treasurer, Jerry DiTullio, for successfully securing a new position as Jefferson County Treasurer. Jerry has served our city well and for many years, most recently as the treasurer but also as our mayor and as a city council member. We will miss his knowledge and dedication to public service for the city but wish him all the best as he takes the reins of this position on a larger scale serving all of Jefferson County.

Congratulations also go to Wheat Ridge City Council member Monica Duran for her win as State Representative in District 24, and to Jessie Danielson in her successful race to become State Senator in District 20. These women have served our community well in elected positions on our city council and in the state House of Representatives, respectively, and I look forward to working with them in the state legislature on issues of concern in our community. Lastly, congratulations to Congressman Ed Perlmutter for his reelection to Colorado’s 7th Congressional District.

Ballot questions put forth this year demonstrated an ability by Colorado voters to understand lengthy and complex questions.  The two transportation funding issues both failed, indicating that voters, while perhaps not pleased with the current state of our transportation system, are looking to the State Legislature for solutions within the current framework and revenues. On the “compensation for takings” question, Amendment 74, the voters said “no,” as they did for Proposition 112, setbacks for oil and gas drilling.

Funding questions for Jefferson County School District R-1 were split by the voters, “yes” for 5A and “no” for 5B. The West Metro Fire Protection District and the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District faired better with both measures (7C and 7G) passing.

The two questions put forth by the City of Wheat Ridge were approved by the voters. Question 2A gives the city permission to provide high-speed Internet services, although there are no current plans to provide these services. With approval of Question 2B, the city can retain the excess sales and use tax revenues from the 2016 2E ballot question for investment in 2E projects.

I hope you exercised your right to vote in this year’s election. The right to vote is a cornerstone of our democracy, and I thank you for safeguarding it.

Contact Wheat Ridge Mayor Bud Starker at bstarker@ci.wheatridge.co.us or 303-235-2800.