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Berthoud voters say no to new library

By: Dan Karpiel | The Surveyor | November 05, 2021 | Local News

While the results of the 2021 election are not yet official, with votes still being tallied by the Larimer County Clerk and Recorders Office as of Wednesday morning, it is abundantly things appear clear Berthoud voters did not want higher property taxes.

Larimer County stated that over 20,000 ballots were received on Election Day alone were not all counted on Tuesday night. Ballot counting resumed at 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning, after deadline.

Berthoud voters soundly rejected Ballot Issue 6D, a measure that would have raised property taxes to fund the construction of a new library. As of Tuesday night, 3,260 votes were cast against the measure to just 2,337 in favor.

The Thompson School District (TSD) board of education had four of seven seats up for election this year. Incumbents Amy Doran, Barb Kruse and Jarrett Roberts, who were endorsed by the district’s teachers’ union, the Thompson Education Association (TEA), faced challengers Dee Dee Vicino, Lisa Winbourn and Nancy Rumfelt, respectively. The one open seat, vacated by outgoing board president Lori Hvizda Ward, was contested by Alexandra Lessem, who received the endorsement of the TEA, and Blake Law, who was listed on the ballot as Blake “no mandates” Law as his campaign centered around opposing the recently TSD enacted mask mandate.

While the ballots are still being counted, as of Tuesday night Doran held a 3,124 vote lead over Vicino, Rumfelt led Roberts by 85 votes, Lessem was ahead of Law by 3,291 and Kruse held a 1,622 vote lead over Winbourn.

On the three statewide ballot initiatives, Colorado voters said no. As of Wednesday morning, Amendment 78, which would have afforded the state legislature, rather than the executive branch, the ability to appropriate custodial was rejected 56% to 44%. Proposition 119, which would have raised marijuana taxes, was rejected 54% to 46% and Proposition 120, which would have reduced property tax rates, was defeated by a 57% to 43% margin.

Visit for final, official results later this week.

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