November 3, 2020 Special Election

The Town of Buena Vista has set a Special Election for Tuesday, November 3, 2020, which asks eligible Town electors to vote on two issues: 1) a Sales Tax on Retail Marijuana and 2) whether to Allow Retail Marijuana Stores within town limits. These questions will appear on the ballot mailed to you by the Chaffee County Clerk and Recorder; this ballot will also include National, State, and County candidate and ballot questions. 

The Sales Tax on Retail Marijuana measure would set the initial tax rate at 5%, and it would go into effect on January 1, 2021. The tax rate could be changed anytime thereafter by the Buena Vista Board of Trustees as long as the proposed rate did not exceed 15%. The full revenues generated by such a tax would be used to fund parks, open space and recreation, infrastructure improvements, economic development initiatives, land acquisition, affordable housing initiatives, community support grants, and other similar projects.

The measure to Allow Retail Marijuana Stores within town limits would do exactly that. The number and possible locations of such stores would be limited by Town Ordinance. Download the full text of the proposed Ordinance, as well as the precise language of the two ballot measures.

It should be noted that it is not necessary to vote ‘yes’ on both measures or ‘no’ on both. If the Tax measure were to succeed while the measure to Allow Retail Marijuana Stores were to fail, the tax language would remain on the books and would go into effect if and when future retail marijuana sales were approved. Conversely, if the measure to Allow Retail Marijuana Stores were to pass and the Tax measure were to fail, retail marijuana could be sold in town and it would be taxed at the current Buena Vista tax rate for other types of sales (2.5%).

On Election Day, November 3, 2020, the Buena Vista Community Center (715 East Main St) will be open from 7:00am through 7:00pm as a vote center. You can register to vote, receive a ballot, and vote there in person on Election Day if you wish. You may also drop off your ballot at the Community Center that day. At any time prior to Election Day, you may drop off your ballot at Buena Vista Town Hall (210 East Main St), in the ballot drop-box at the Chaffee County Annex building at 112 Linderman Ave, Buena Vista, CO, or in the ballot drop-box at the County’s Administrative Offices at 104 Crestone Ave, Salida, CO.

Please be sure your voter registration is updated to reflect your current address. Voters with a Colorado Driver’s License or ID card can register or update their information at www.GoVoteColorado.com at any time up to and including the day of the election. Please contact Chaffee County directly regarding their current registration procedures, as their offices remain closed to the public due to the pandemic. You should also contact Chaffee County if you do not receive your ballot or need a replacement ballot. You can contact the Chaffee County Clerk’s office at 719-539-4004 or by emailing Lori Mitchell at lmitchell@chaffeecounty.org.

Additional Election information is available on the Town website (www.buenavistaco.gov).

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Paula Barnett, Town Clerk at 719-395-8643 ext. 1017 or by email: bvclerk@buenavistaco.gov.

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