Voters approve taxing authority for the La Plata Archuleta Water District

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From The Durango Herald (Ann Butler):

Voters approved Issue A by a 734-616 vote Monday in a mail-in election. More than 31 percent of eligible voters cast a vote, high for a special election, where turnout generally is in the 10 percent range, said Amy Kraft, a consulting engineer with Harris Water Engineering, who was the designated election official. “Ballots were coming in heavier in the morning than the afternoon, but it was steady all afternoon,” she said. The issue includes a 5 mill levy, which would cost the owner of a $200,000 house about $7 a month, and allows the district to lift the district’s revenue limit, which now is held in check by the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, or TABOR. The district was approved by voters in November 2008, but it was not funded until this election. “This is the big one,” said Dick Lunceford, president of the water district’s board. “Now we have the district formed and the money in place. While we still have a lot of hurdles and challenges to face, with this step on the ladder, this whole phase is over.”

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