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The inhabitants of the monument will vote on the transition to autonomy | Elections 2021 | News

When Monument voters cast their ballots in the Nov. 2 special election, they will decide whether the city should move to municipal self-government — and in the same election, select members to serve on a city charter commission. autonomy of nine people who would be responsible for drafting a new city charter.

If voters approve of the move, it would give residents more say in running local government, city leaders said. But the biggest impacts would be on community development and the overall financial well-being of the city.

According to Mayor Don Wilson, under the Domestic Regime, Monument would also have more flexibility with its land use standards, zoning and economic incentives for incoming businesses. There are also more revenue opportunities because the city could, with voter approval, pass visitor and tourism taxes — like the lodging tax and new user fees.

Without self-governing status, towns like Monument are governed by rules established by the Colorado General Assembly and cannot make ordinances that conflict with state laws, says the Colorado Local Government Handbook 2018 .

Voters will also choose nine members to serve on the Charter Commission in the same election. Nine candidates are in the running: Jennifer Coopman, Matt Brunk, Brandy Turner, Sana Abbott, Ashley Watt, Janet Ladowski, Shannon Clark, Steve King and Joel Lusby.

If voters favor the move to self-government, the Charter Commission would have six months to draft a new city charter and hold at least one public hearing before submitting the proposed document to the Monument Board in the spring. next.

Voters would ratify or reject the new charter in a future election, City Attorney Andrew Richey said.

Teresa R. Cabrera

The author Teresa R. Cabrera