Yampa re-elects mayor, trustee

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— Two veterans in Yampa town government return to their posts today.

Yampa voters re-elected Mayor Tom Estes and Trustee Dick Rudeen to their respective positions Tuesday night.

Estes received 70 votes, and Rudeen received 83 votes.

Estes faced no opposition for the mayoral seat, and Rudeen ran uncontested for a seat on the Yampa Town Board.

Because Rudeen was the only person to run for one of three spots on the Town Board, two open seats must now be filled by appointment.

Voters also overwhelmingly approved the use of the town's excess sales tax revenue.

Eighty-three people voted in favor of the town using the revenue, while only six people voted against the idea.

After the town approved a sales tax in April 2000, the board anticipated Yampa businesses would take in about $23,000 in sales tax revenue in 2001.

That estimate, however, fell well below the town's actual revenue.

Because the town took in about $58,000 in sales tax revenue, voters were asked to approve or reject the town's use of the excess revenue.

Had voters denied the use of the excess revenue, the town would have refunded the money.

About 400 people live in Yampa.

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