COUNCIL CANDIDATE PETITIONS DUE 5 P.M. AUG. 24; BALLOT LOT DRAW AUG. 31 – Earlier this week, the City Council of Commerce City unanimously referred two ballot questions for municipal voters to consider during the Nov. 3, 2015, election.
The first question would amend Section 5.6 of the City Charter, to provide for the posting of the full text of ordinances in two locations with the exception of emergency ordinances and codes adopted by reference. The proposed charter amendment reflects the growth within the city since the posting requirement was written in 1970. For example, nearly 159,000 unique visitors accessed ordinances through the city website’s agenda and minutes portal in 2014; in 2015, 201,491 unique visitors have used this electronic tool to obtain similar information. The charter currently requires posting of ordinance in six physical locations throughout the city.
The second referred question asks voters to approve a five percent excise tax of the value of the product transferred on certain marijuana transactions as such are authorized by state law beginning January 1, 2016. City Council adopted regulations in June to allow retail marijuana within certain areas of Commerce City. So far two letters of interest have been submitted by companies interested in locating within the city.
Commerce City voters will determine five elected positions during the Nov. 3, 2015, nonpartisan municipal election. Voters will elect a mayor, council members for Ward II and Ward IV as well as two individuals to represent the city at-large for a four-year term. Nomination petitions are due by 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. Candidates will be certified no later than Aug. 28, with a special city council meeting 6 p.m. Aug. 31, 2015, to draw lots for the order of candidate names on the ballot.
The Commerce City Business & Professionals Association and Community Enterprise, in partnership with Adams County School District 14 and the city will host an election forum at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, October 8, 2015, at the Commerce City Civic Center, 7887 E. 60th Avenue. The event, moderated by the League of Women Voters, will introduce voters to the candidates for city council, school board and the local issues under consideration.
More information about the municipal election is available online at www.c3gov.com/elections.