LIVE UPDATES: Election Day in Steamboat Springs 2017
November 7, 2017
Editor’s note: We will be updating this story throughout the evening, so check back for local election news.
10:55 p.m. Hayden school issue is proving every vote really does count.
10:05 p.m. City voters handily approved the health benefits for their elected officials Tuesday, with 64 percent of residents supporting the measure.
10 p.m. “I’ll admit, I’m emotional about it," Steamboat Springs School Board member Joey Andrew said about voter approval of bond issue and mill levy issues. "I’m very excited for it. But it also means we’ve got more work to do.”
9:36 p.m. "I'm thankful for the confidence that the folks in Steamboat Springs have placed in me," Councilman Scott Ford said Tuesday after election returns came in.
9:33 p.m. Referendum 2A, which will fund basic government services that include repairs and maintenance to roads and the water system in Hayden, passes, with 325 votes in favor and 232 votes opposed.
9:26 p.m. It’s a close night for Hayden. In the Hayden Board of Education race, updated results show Timothy A. Frentress Sr. leading with 515 votes, followed by Brian F. Hoza with 386 and Medora C. Fralick with 379. Trailing behind are candidates Janet Hollifield, with 344 votes, and Aden Morrison with 324 votes. The top three vote-getters earn seats on the board.
9:22 p.m. Updated results show Loren Lance Miles winning in the South Routt Board of Education race over challenger Andrew A. Benjamin. Miles has 329 votes, while Benjamin has 233.
9:15 p.m. Unofficial election night results show Ref. 5A has passed, with 2,842 votes in favor and 2,248 opposed. 5A is the ballot initiative that would provide a dedicated funding source for affordable housing in the Steamboat Springs area.
9:13 p.m. Unofficial election night results show Referendum 3C and Referendum 3D, a bond and mill levy override for the Steamboat Springs School District, both passing. Voters in favor of 3C: 3,201. Voters opposed: 2,109. Voters in favor of 3D: 3,386. Voters opposed: 2,007.
9:10 p.m. The Hayden School District ballot issue is tied, 427 in favor and 427 opposed, as of the unofficial election night results. The final outcome of the issue will be dependent on the uncounted ballots and the possibility of a recount. Routt County Clerk Kim Bonner says she cannot recall a recount ever occurring, and believes if the count is within three, it will likely trigger a recount.
9 p.m. Updated results coming soon. Among the uncounted ballots are 30 overseas ballots, 21 ballots set aside to protect the secrecy of the ballots not yet counted and 69 ballots rejected because of signature issues. Voters have eight days to fix problems with signatures. Nine of the ballots with signature issues are from voters within the Hayden School District, where voters are split over a $22.3 million bond issue to build a new school building.
8:50 p.m. Preliminary results show a close race for three open seats on the Hayden Board of Education. Timothy A. Frentress Sr. is leading with 484 votes, followed by incumbent Brian F. Hoza with 362 votes, Medora C. Fralick with 358 votes, Janet Hollifield with 325 votes and Aden Morrison with 310 votes. The top three vote-getters when results are final will join the board.
8:45 p.m. Preliminary results show Loren Lance Miles ahead in the South Routt Board of Education race over challenger Andrew A. Benjamin. Miles has 307 votes, while Benjamin has 211.
8:12 p.m. "Today, we are celebrating the value our community places on safety, student success, transparency, and longevity in the Steamboat Springs School District," said Steamboat Springs School District Superintendent Brad Meeks, in a statement following the passage of 3C and 3D, $12.9 million bond and an ongoing mill levy.
8 p.m. With preliminary results from across the Colorado Mountain College district, voters are favoring Peg Portscheller over Randy Winkler for the CMC Board of Trustees Director District 3 seat. Portscheller is ahead with 58 percent, or 8,974 votes, while Winkler has 42 percent, or 6,459 votes. The seat represents Garfield County, but everyone in the CMC district was eligible to vote.
7:55 p.m. Routt County voters are split on their support of Referendum 4B for Colorado Mountain College, with 2,476 votes in favor and 2,407 opposed. Across the CMC district, the referendum has fallen behind. Preliminary results across the CMC district show 46 percent of voters, or 11,372, are in favor, while 54 percent, or 13,422 voters, are opposed.
7:50 p.m. Referendum 2A, which would fund basic government services that include repairs and maintenance to roads and the water system in Hayden, is leading, with 301 votes in favor and 220 votes opposed.
7:43 p.m.: With 500 votes left, 2,575 votes in favor of Ref. 5A and 2,087 opposed. 5A is the ballot initiative that would provide a dedicated funding source for affordable housing in the Steamboat Springs area. The 5A Committee is celebrating its expected victory at Aurum in downtown Steamboat.
7:43 p.m.: Steamboat City Council members will still be eligible to participate in city’s health insurance program. Ref. 2B passes with 2,131 votes case in favor of the measure and 1,183 against.
7:42 p.m. Incumbent Scott Ford wins handily over challenger Peter Arnold in Steamboat City Council’s only contested race. Ford wins 2,246 votes to Arnold’s 628.
7:37 p.m. Hayden School District’s $22.3 million bond issue is in a dead heat — 401 in favor, 402 against.
7:30 p.m. With 500 ballots left uncounted, Steamboat Springs School District’s Referendum 3C — the $12.9 million bond issue — and 3D — the $1 million capital construction mill levy — have passed. Ref. 3C: 2,904 “yes” votes/1,959 “no” votes. Ref. 3D: 3,074 “yes” votes/1,868 “no” votes.
7:20 p.m. Referendum 4B — Preliminary results show that voters are favoring Referendum 4B, a ballot measure that Colorado Mountain College officials say would mitigate the impacts of the Ghallager Amendment. The measure would give the Colorado Mountain College board permission to raise property taxes any time the state constitution requires a cut to residential property assessments. The measure is ahead, with 56 percent of voters, or 1,546, in favor and 44 percent, or 1,208 voters, opposed.
7 p.m. Voting is now closed. Preliminary results are expected soon.
6:55 p.m. A reporter is headed to the Historic Routt County Courthouse and we will report preliminary results as soon as they’re available.
6:30 p.m. 5A for Homes supporters are gathering at Aurum.
5:45 p.m. With the exception of the Historic Routt County Courthouse in downtown Steamboat Springs, voting locations across Routt County are closed. Ballots will be accepted at the courthouse until 7 p.m.
10 a.m. It’s election day in Routt County and across the country. Follow along Tuesday on steamboattoday.com for live coverage as results come in, and use #theboatvotes to join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.
Ballots for the 2017 general election must be received by the Routt County Clerk’s Office by 7 p.m. Tuesday. Voters are reminded to use black ink and fill in the circles completely when voting the ballot.
Voters can drop off their ballots at the following locations.
■ 24-hour secure ballot box in alley behind Historic Routt County Courthouse in downtown Steamboat Springs.
■ Clark Store, Hayden Town Hall, Oak Creek Town Hall and Yampa Town Hall during normal business hours.
■ Routt County Clerk’s Office, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7.
Here’s a reminder of the ballot issues and races that Routt County voters will decide on Tuesday:
Steamboat Springs School District is asking voters’ permission to raise taxes as it launches a multi-year capital projects push that begins with catching up on deferred maintenance
With its aging secondary schools deemed unsafe, the Hayden School District is pursuing a plan that could help the district of 443 students build a new, 21st-century school campus for 33 cents on the dollar.
Steamboat Springs residents will decide this fall whether their elected officials should continue to get health insurance benefits from the city government as part of their compensation package.
The board of the Yampa Valley Housing Authority voted Aug. 24 to seek voter permission to collect a 10-year, one-mill property tax within its district, which includes the city of Steamboat Springs and an area that is similar to the boundaries of the Steamboat Springs Rural Fire Protection District.
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The estimate is that the tax created by Referendum 5A would raise $900,000 annually until it sunsets after 10 years. And by using the tax dollars to leverage private investment, the board is predicting the money would help to fund the creation of six to eight new housing developments.
The town of Hayden is asking taxpayers for money to fund basic government services that include repairs and maintenance to roads and the water system.
Steamboat Springs School Board candidates
Hayden School Board candidates
South Routt School Board candidates
Steamboat City Council candidates
For complete Steamboat Pilot & Today coverage of the 2017 election, visit steamboattoday.com/news/election.