Jul 23, 2014 8:37 PM by Andy Koen

Police and fire tax question will be on Pueblo ballot

PUEBLO - Voters in Pueblo will get to decide this November whether to raise sales taxes on themselves by 1/2 a cent to pay for infrastructure needs in the police and fire departments.

City Clerk Gina Dutcher said Wednesday the unions gathered enough signatures to put their measure on the ballot.

She initially discarded a critical number of signatures because of errors in the notary process, but said the group fixed their petitions in time.

Meanwhile, a group of trash collectors who are trying to stop city council from spending money on a consultant had until 5:00 p.m. to turn in their petitions.

If the signatures are verified, Dutcher says the issue may or may not end up on the ballot as well.

"Council has two options, to repeal the ordinance immediately, meaning the ordinance is null and void, or sending it to the ballot for the people to decide, the expenditure of $50,000 for a consultant," Dutcher explained.

She plans to review the signatures of the trash question Thursday and then announce if they met the necessary threshold.


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