From pit bulls to pre-schools: A roundup of Colorado’s local ballot initiatives

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manitou springs downtownFrom Dacono to Denver, voters made a range of local decisions.

In Manitou Springs, sales of retail marijuana will continue after voters defeated a ballot measure that would have shuttered a store that opened just a few months ago. Another El Paso County municipality, Palmer Lake, voted to prohibit retail marijuana sales.

In Aurora, voters upheld the city’s nearly decade-long ban on pit bull dogs by a margin of about 2 to 1.

pit bullAurora’s Animal Care Division had recommended keeping the restriction in place, noting that since it was adopted in 2005, attacks by pit bulls have diminished and the number of pit bulls in Aurora shelters has dramatically declined.

In Denver, voters approved the extension and increase of a sales tax to pay for preschools by a 55 to 45 percent margin. The original tax, which passed in 2006, was set to expire in 2016. More than 34,000 students have been served by the program.

A little more than half of dozens of school ballot measures in Colorado passed Tuesday, including a half-a-billion dollar bond request for Boulder Valley schools. But nine measures in the five largest school districts in Adams County all failed.

In Boulder, voters allowed the city to provide broadband services directly or with a private partner. Broadband has emerged as an issue in rural areas that need internet access, and also in cities that see quality, high-speed connectivity as critical to building their economies.

In the town of Dacono in Weld County, 18-year-old Jory Coates lost his bid to become the youngest member of that town’s council.