Donala Water and Sanitation District’s special election recap

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From The Tri-Lakes Tribune (Nicole Chillino):

Voters approved a measure to allow the district to expand its debt by up to $20 million, with about 67 percent of votes, or 1020 out of 1515, being cast in favor of the measure. The district also received permission to increase the district’s mill levy up to five mills, with nearly 73 percent of votes, or 1098 out of 1508, supporting the ballot question. Approximately 33 percent of the district’s residents participated in the election, according to general manager Dana Duthie. “The number of voters is phenomenal,” he said…

Now that the measures have passed, the district is waiting on a decision from Colorado Springs Utilities regarding whether to relax its limitations and city code to allow it to engage in regional partnerships, Duthie said. If the change comes through, Donala hopes it will allow the district to hookup to the utility district to move water from the Arkansas River, its access point to the water rights it purchased on Mount Massive Ranch near Leadville.

The district’s future actions with regard to its potential use of at least a portion of the money approved by voters will also partially depend on whether it can get water from the Flaming Gorge Reservoir, Duthie said. While the district might have to wait for either of its potential uses of the money, it wanted to receive voter approval to increase its debt and increase its mill rate prior to the passage of several pieces of legislation coming down the pipe that, according to Duthie, would curtail the financing of infrastructure for small districts like Donala. Donala Water and Sanitation District also elected three members, including William Nance, David Powell and incumbent Timothy Murphy, to its board of directors for four-year terms.

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