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Morrison residents will decide in April whether the town should allow a retail marijuana shop and increase sales taxes on that business. Plus, four Board of Trustees positions and the mayor position …
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Morrison residents will decide in April whether the town should allow a retail marijuana shop and increase sales taxes on that business. Plus, four Board of Trustees positions and the mayor position will be on the ballot.
After extensive discussion, the town board voted unanimously in December to put the marijuana shop question on the ballot and decided to ask voters to increase the sales tax for the shop from 3.75%, which is the sales tax for all other businesses, to 6.25%, with the ability to increase it to no more than 11.25%.
Four positions on the six-member board plus the mayor position are up for election. Mayor Sean Forey and board member Deb Jerome are term-limited and therefore cannot run again. The positions held by David Wirtz and Ryan Burris, who were appointed to the board last year, also are up for election, along with the position held by Paul Sutton.
Marijuana shop ballot issues
In December, the town board approved an ordinance for voters to consider on the ballot to allow the marijuana shop east of the Dakota Hogback. The ordinance prohibits marijuana clubs and would not allow the shop to be within 1,000 feet of a school, drug/rehabilitation facility, church or child care facility. The shop could be open from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily.
The town must ask voters to increase the sales tax thanks to TABOR, the Taypayer Bill of Rights. Town Attorney Gerald Dahl has said Colorado charges 15% sales tax, and the standard among cities and counties in the state is 5% to 10%.
In past meetings, board members have brought up the “Red Rocks” effect, wondering if the popular venue near the new store would make it popular with visitors.
The entire marijuana shop ordinance can be accessed at town.morrison.co.us/AgendaCenter under public notices, Ordinance No. 510.
Running for trustee, mayor positions
To run for one of the four trustee positions or mayor, pick up a nomination petition from the town clerk, 321 Highway 8, and return it with a minimum of 10 signatures by 4:30 p.m. Jan. 24. To be eligible, a person must have resided in Morrison for at least 12 consecutive months prior to the election. Signatures must be from registered Morrison voters, who may only sign one petition each.
Three of the four trustees elected in April will serve four-year terms, while the person who gets the least number of votes will serve a two-year term. The reason for the difference in terms is because two trustees were appointed in 2021, and those positions are required to be on the next ballot. The different terms will allow the town to return to three trustees elected every two years.
To request an absentee ballot by mail, an application must be filed at the town offices, 321 Highway 8, by 4:30 p.m. April 1. Absentee ballots must be turned into the town offices no later than 7 p.m. April 5.
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