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Commissioners approve two questions for November ballot

Contact: Bryan Treu, Interim County Manager, 970-328-8604,

Sept. 8, 2017 – The Eagle County Board of Commissioners has approved two questions for the Nov. 7 ballot. Topics include new sales and excise taxes on recreational marijuana, and reestablishing the county’s ability to provide cable television services, telecommunications services and high-speed internet services.

On Tuesday (9/5), the commissioners approved ballot language that asks voters for permission to opt out of a state law which prohibits the use of public money to provide or improve access to high-speed internet and other telecommunications services, either on their own or through partnerships. The ballot question would not prevent any private business, including existing broadband providers, from initiating or continuing to provide these services. The towns of Avon, Eagle, Gypsum, Minturn and Vail are asking voters to approve similar measures.

At a special meeting today (9/8), the board approved ballot language asking voters to authorize new sales and excise taxes of up to 5 percent each on recreational marijuana, for the purpose of funding mental health and substance abuse services. In order to help the marijuana industry absorb the proposed taxes, the county intends to set the collection rate at 2.5 percent in 2018 with future annual increases of .5 percent each year thereafter until the 5 percent limit is achieved in 2024.

The resolutions and ballot language can be found in their entirety below.  Past commissioner meetings can be viewed on demand at

Resolution to approve marijuana ballot language

Resolution regarding broadband ballot question (SB-152 opt out)