by Pam Zubeck
We thought the El Paso County commissioners decided last week to place a measure on the 2012 ballot that would allow voters to reverse their November 2010 decision, but the issue keeps dragging on.
Activist Rick Wehner says Commissioner Darryl Glenn will propose a new version of a term limits measure on July 28 and Aug. 4. Glenn's version would deny Commissioners Sallie Clark and Dennis Hisey a third term for which they are entitled to run next year under the 2010 ballot measure that extended county officials from two terms to three.
The issue is rooted in wording some voters called deceptive because it asked if commissioners should be limited to three terms, instead of asking if term limits should be extended.
Anyway, for all those who are following the protracted debate, here's Glenn's proposed resolution:
RESOLUTION NO. _____________
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
COUNTY OF EL PASO, STATE OF COLORADO
Resolution to Submit a Ballot Question to the Registered Electors of El Paso County
Regarding Term Limits for the office of County Commissioner.
WHEREAS, pursuant to Section 30-11-103.5, C.R.S., the Board of County
Commissioners (“Board”) has the authority to refer to a vote of the electors an issue or question
authorized by state statute or the Colorado Constitution; and
WHEREAS, pursuant to the provisions of Article XVIII, Section 11 of the Colorado
Constitution, the People of the State of Colorado have granted to the voters of any political
subdivision the power to lengthen, shorten or eliminate term limits for the elected offices of such
political subdivision; and
WHEREAS, in the general election held in November 2010 a majority of the votes cast
by the electors of El Paso County, a political subdivision of the State of Colorado, approved a
referred measure increasing the term limit to three consecutive terms for the offices of County
Treasurer, County Clerk and Recorder, County Commissioner, County Surveyor, County
Assessor and Fourth Judicial District Attorney; and
WHEREAS, because many voters have reported finding the term limit ballot question
confusing or misleading, the Board desires to refer another ballot question to the November 2012
general election ballot asking voters whether they wish to reduce the term limit on the office of
County Commissioner to two consecutive terms.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of
El Paso County, Colorado that the following question shall be submitted to a vote of the
registered electors of El Paso County, Colorado, at the general election on November 6, 2012:
SHALL ALL PERSONS WHO CURRENTLY HOLD OR IN THE FUTURE ARE
ELECTED TO THE OFFICE OF COUNTY COMMISSIONER BE LIMITED TO
SERVING TWO (2) CONSECUTIVE TERMS, A REDUCTION OF THE CURRENT
LIMIT OF THREE (3) CONSECUTIVE TERMS?
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that if a majority of all votes cast shall be for the
reduction of term limits then that measure shall be deemed passed, and the term limit for the
elected office of County Commissioner shall be reduced to two consecutive terms as authorized
by Article XVIII, Section 11 (2) of the Colorado Constitution. The reduction in the term limit
shall apply to any person seeking election to a third term as County Commissioner in the
November 2012 general election, thereby preventing them from taking office if they are so
elected. If a majority of all votes cast shall be against the reduction of term limits then that
measure shall be deemed failed, and the elected office of County Commissioner shall remain
subject to the limit of three consecutive terms as approved by the voters in November 2010.
DONE THIS _______ day of August, 2011 at Colorado Springs, Colorado.
ATTEST: BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
EL PASO COUNTY, COLORADO
BY: _____________________________ BY:________________________________
County Clerk & Recorder Amy Lathen, Chair