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MAY 2022 UPDATE

Final results for the Mountain Recreation District Board Election:

  • Tracy Erickson            1,843
  • Mike McCormack       1,629
  • Jason Cowles              1,754

Funding for the All Access Rec Program:

  • Yes   986
  • No    2,795

The Mountain Recreation Metropolitan District (MRMD) is holding a Board and All Access Rec funding question (TABOR) election on May 3rd, 2022.

This election will be a mail ballot election.  Ballots will be mailed between April 11 – 18th to all active registered Colorado voters who either reside or own property in their name within the MRMD District Boundaries.


All Access Rec Funding Question – Get information on the All Access Rec funding question on the upcoming May 3, 2022 ballot.

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  • Polling & Dropbox LocationsBallots can be dropped off prior to 7pm on May 3rd
    1. Ballots can be mailed (address will be printed on return envelope provided with ballot) and must be received by 7pm on May 3, 2022
    2. You can drop it off at one of the Eagle County Ballot boxes below prior to 7pm on May 3rd. These are the same boxes Eagle County used for the November 2021 election. These drop boxes are located outside the buildings below and are available 24/7.
      1. Edwards Field House (450 Miller Ranch Road, Edwards, CO)
      2. Eagle County Building Drive Through Ballot Box (500 Broadway Street, Eagle, CO)
      3. Town of Gypsum Offices (50 Lundgren Blvd, Gypsum, CO)
    3. In-Person at the Edwards Field House on May 3, 2022 from 7am-7pm

     

    If you did not receive a ballot in the mail or it was damaged you can request one with THIS information or you can come in-person to the Edwards Field House on May 3, 2022 between 7am-7pm with a valid ID.

  • What if I don't receive a ballot or it's damaged?Ballots mailed April 11-18 2022

    Request for mail ballot applications can be found HERE. Completed application forms must be returned to Designated Election Official – Cheri Curtis by 5:00 pm, Tuesday, April 26.  Options to return the application include by email or by mail.

    By US Mail:  245 Century Circle, Suite 103 Louisville, CO 810027
    Email: Cheri@mwcpaa.com
    Completed  ballots must be received by the election judge or designated election official by 7:00 pm on election day, May 3, 2022 to be counted.

    We encourage voters to request mail ballots as soon as possible. Ballots will be mailed out upon receiving the request, giving voters time to fill out and mail back their ballots prior to the May 3th deadline.

board election information

A call for nominations was put out in January and closed on February 25, 2022. The May 3rd board election has two director seats that will be elected to three-year terms. Registered voters within the District will receive one ballot in the mail which includes the board election and TABOR election.

 

Board Candidates

  • Tracy EricksonView Tracy's Bio Inside

    Why did you decide to run for the Mountain Recreation Board?
    The reason I am running for the Mountain Recreation Board of Directors is due to my commitment to and passion for the communities I live and work in. My love and service for the Eagle County community began with my family moving here in 1993 and continued when I became a taxpayer in 1999. I soon realized how important my community was to me and began my career as the Director of Homestead (Edwards) in 2003. It is an honor to serve that community to this day, 19 years later. I also served on both the Mountain Recreation Board (WECMRD) for 8 years and Edwards Metropolitan District Board for 10 years. While on the Mountain Recreation Board (2008-2016) I worked collaboratively with area partners to focus on county-wide recreation that would make our entire community a better place to live, work, and visit. This brings me to why I am running for the Mountain Recreation Board  — in reviewing the “All Access Rec” proposal, I’m concerned that Mountain Recreation isn’t considering what the greatest use and user needs are for county-wide recreation and that they are focusing on providing carbon copy large fitness centers in the district hubs. This plan ignores available resources in the various facilities valley-wide, the needs of the majority of users, and the equity partnerships that exist with the towns. 

    What projects do you feel are most important for the board to consider?
    It’s most important for the District to focus on properly maintaining its current offerings and then to evaluate the highest and best use of its facilities for future projects, such as ice rink expansion. That evaluation should consider other public and private offerings in the valley as well as equity throughout District hubs and relationships with partner towns.  

    What does the future of Mountain Rec look like to you?
    Regardless of the passage or failure of this elections ballot issue, I believe the future needs and projects of Mountain Rec are the same: assessing true recreational needs of the entire county (like another ice sheet or trail improvements) and not creating new lease spaces for corporate sponsors. Mountain Recreation needs to refocus on the community partnership model that created the three hubs in the first place and be equitable with its funding. Originally, Mountain Rec spread the funding dollars equally between the hubs and if the communities wanted or needed something different, they found matching funds to make it happen. This collaborative method helps ensure users are equitably sharing in the costs of their facilities and improvements. 

  • Mike McCormackView Mike's Bio Inside

    “My wife Emily and I moved to Eagle in 2012 with our two sons, Jay and Tavish. I’ve been the VP of Mountain Recreation’s board since 2016. I’m also the chairperson of the Mountain Rec Foundation, the group tasked with raising funds to help expand facilities and programs.

    I own a small-ish PR company that works within the outdoor market. We also own an event company which produces several events including Vail’s Outlier Festival, The Eagle Outside Festival and the relaunch of the Vail 100. I’m the sunburned guy in the big white battered cowboy hat.

    I started in the district as the volunteer coach for my kids’ soccer teams before managing several of their hockey and lacrosse teams and producing big chunks of the lacrosse club’s annual tournaments. I’ve created countless signup forms for potlucks, lugged tents, coolers and grills to every ballfield in Colorado, and taken 25 highly caffeinated U9’s to the movies between games (which I do NOT recommend.) I’m an enthusiastic sports dad and organizer at heart.

    I’m proud to have founded the MTB 101 program (now owned by Karen Jarchow) and Eagle’s Singletrack Sidewalks system, for which we all have my son Jay (and his relentless enthusiasm) to thank. It was his unhinged giggling while riding his bike alongside Eagle’s rec paths that planted the seed which eventually became Singletrack Sidewalks.

    My kids learned how to play everything here. They learned how to swim here. How to skate…and skateboard. Our lives have been enriched by the district, its programs and its staff. I’d like to continue to pay that forward.

    I initially ran for a board seat because there wasn’t anyone from Eagle on it at the time. To be honest, I really wanted to twirl my mustache while pulling the levers that resulted in the building of a 2nd sheet of ice. What I found instead was that our district was (and is) geographically, culturally, and economically diverse. Addressing the needs and challenges of maintaining and improving that magnificent chaos wasn’t the job that I wanted, but it was the job that needed doing.

    Our current board’s strength is its genuine interest in each other’s perspectives. We come from very different professional backgrounds, each with a unique set of experiences (including some very sharp fiscal minds.) Our unifying characteristic is the ability to objectively consider each other’s points of view. We’re unified in our commitment to the community, but also in our desire to find ways to make the district’s offerings available and attainable to its current and future residents.

    10 years later and I’m a better human for having attempted to make a difference. I humbly hope that the district’s families, kids, teens and seniors have benefitted from my efforts. It’s my further hope that the district’s voters will allow me one more turn at bat while we try to finalize changes that will pass the joy my family has experienced on to the next generation.

    Thanks for reading –
    Mike”

  • Jason CowlesView Jason's Bio Inside

     

    “Hello, my name is Jason Cowles, and I’m running to serve our community on the Mountain Recreation Board of Directors. I’m a husband and father of two active young boys and have called Eagle County my home for over twenty-four years. I am a licensed professional civil engineer with extensive experience in land development, water resources, local government, capital improvement financing and construction, and land use planning. I served two, four-year terms on the Town of Eagle Planning and Zoning commission including seven as the chairman and hope to continue my service to the community on the Mountain Recreation Board of Directors.

    I’m running for the Mountain Recreation Board because I value community, and I strongly believe in the value that recreational facilities and programs bring to our community’s quality of life and character. I volunteer to maintain the outdoor ice at Eagle Town Park in my free time, because it’s an amazing community tradition here in Eagle that brings people together. Volunteering my time to help create that experience for our community brings me joy, so this was an interesting opportunity for me to serve the community in a similar capacity.

    We have experienced significant growth since Mountain Recreation’s facilities in Eagle, Gypsum and Edwards were originally constructed, and the Mountain Recreation Board and Staff, with input from their constituents, developed the All Access Rec plan to continue to meet growing demands for programming and services for all. If our community chooses to invest in improving our recreational facilities in the May TABOR election, my expertise in land development and capital improvement planning and construction will be an asset to the Mountain Recreation Board and Staff as they implement the community’s vision for its facilities. I will work to support Staff and ensure that the community receives the best value for its investments, so that Mountain Recreation can deliver on that vision.

    I also believe that my experience in local government and capital improvement financing will still be an asset to the Mountain Recreation Board and Staff regardless of the outcome of the May TABOR election. I will bring new approaches to generating revenues for Mountain Recreation that can either be used to decrease the tax burden for its constituents sooner if the TABOR election is successful or can be used to fund capital improvements to Mountain Recreation’s facilities if the TABOR election fails.

    I hope that you will consider voting for me to serve you on the Mountain Recreation Board of Directors in May.”

tabor election information

The Mountain Recreation board passed a resolution on March 2, 2022 to hold a board and TABOR election on May 3rd, 2022. This will be a mail ballot election to comply with Colorado TABOR law so there is no need to request an absentee ballot.

  • All Access Rec Funding Ballot Language & Memo from Bond Counsel

    memo from bond counsel

     

    TO:                  Janet Bartnik
    FROM:             Dee Wisor
    DATE:             March 1, 2022
    SUBJECT:       Mountain Rec-All Access Rec GO Bond Question

    You have asked me to briefly summarize the general obligation bond question to be considered by the Board on March 2. As currently drafted, the question provides:

    • The District may issue debt with a maximum principal amount of $40,000,000 and a total repayment cost over the life of the debt of $54,000,000 upon terms which net the District (after paying financing costs) not more than $40,000,000 for the project.
    • The District may levy a property tax at a mill levy sufficient to pay the debt service on the debt subject to a maximum of $2,685,000 annually. The property tax authorization will sunset on the earlier of when the debt is paid in full or after tax collection year 2042.
    • The proceeds of the debt will finance the renovation and expansion of recreation facilities in Edwards, Eagle, and Gypsum including new or improved facilities, equipment, and multi-use community spaces.
    • Neither the debt proceeds nor the increased tax revenues will go into the District’s general fund.

     

    official ballot language

    FUNDING FOR THE ALL ACCESS REC PROGRAM.

    SHALL MOUNTAIN RECREATION METROPOLITAN DISTRICT DEBT BE INCREASED $40,000,000 WITH A REPAYMENT COST OF $54,000,000 AND SHALL DISTRICT TAXES BE INCREASED UP TO  $2,685,000 ANNUALLY,  WITH THE DEBT PROCEEDS BEING USED TO:

    • FINANCE THE ALL ACCESS REC PROGRAM BY RENOVATING AND EXPANDING RECREATION FACILITIES IN EDWARDS, EAGLE, AND GYPSUM INCLUDING NEW OR IMPROVED FACILITIES, EQUIPMENT, AND MULTI-USE COMMUNITY SPACES TO PROVIDE YEAR-ROUND ACCESS TO IMPROVE THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF CHILDREN, TEENS, ADULTS, FAMILIES, AND OLDER ADULTS AND TO PROVIDE SPACE FOR BEHAVIORAL HEALTH PROGRAMS, LOCAL NONPROFIT SERVICES, AND SOCIAL ACTIVITIES TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR OUR COMMUNITY;

     

    AND SHALL THE DEBT BE PAID FROM A MILL LEVY ON ALL TAXABLE PROPERTY WITHIN THE DISTRICT AT A RATE SUFFICIENT TO PAY THE PRINCIPAL OF, PREMIUM, IF ANY, AND INTEREST ON SUCH DEBT OR ANY REFUNDING DEBT BUT NOT MORE THAN $2,685,000 ANNUALLY, WHICH MILL LEVY SHALL NOT BE COLLECTED AFTER THE EARLIER OF WHEN THE DEBT IS PAID IN FULL OR TAX COLLECTION YEAR 2042, WITH THE DEBT TO BE SOLD IN ONE SERIES OR MORE IN AN AGGREGATE AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED THE MAXIMUM AUTHORIZED PRINCIPAL AMOUNT AND REPAYMENT COSTS, ON TERMS AND CONDITIONS AS THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS MAY DETERMINE, INCLUDING PROVISIONS FOR THE REDEMPTION OF THE BONDS PRIOR TO MATURITY WITH OR WITHOUT PAYMENT OF A PREMIUM, WHICH NET THE DISTRICT (AFTER PAYING FINANCING COSTS) NOT MORE THAN $40,000,000 FOR THE PROJECT; AND SHALL THE PROCEEDS OF ANY SUCH DEBT AND THE REVENUE FROM SUCH TAXES AND INVESTMENT EARNINGS THEREON BE COLLECTED, RETAINED, AND SPENT BY THE DISTRICT AS A VOTER APPROVED REVENUE CHANGE WITHOUT REGARD TO ANY SPENDING, REVENUE-RAISING OR OTHER LIMITATION CONTAINED IN ARTICLE X, SECTION 20 OF THE COLORADO CONSTITUTION, OR ANY OTHER LAW?

  • Pro/Con Statements & TABOR noticeThese will be mailed to all eligible voters in early April

    Please just click the below button to view the TABOR notice for the May 3, 2022 election. This same document will be mailed to eligible voters (one per household) the first week of April.

    TABOR NOTICE WITH PRO/CON STATEMENTS

  • Mountain Rec Seeking Pro/Con StatementsComments due by Friday, March 18, 2022 by noon (MST)

    GYPSUM— Mountain Recreation Metropolitan District is asking registered voters within the District to send in statements for and against the proposed tax increase that will be on the May 3rd, 2022 ballot.

    The District’s designated election official (DEO) will summarize the comments and send them to voters before the election, as required by law. Comments can be dropped off or mailed to the Marchetti and Weaver offices at 28 Second St. Suite 213 Edwards, CO 81632 ATTN: Cheri Curtis or emailed to Cheri Curtis at cheri@mwcpaa.com. The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 18, 2022 by noon (MST).

    All submitted statements must contain the name, address, and signature of the author.

  • Website Debt NoticePosted March 30, 2022

    Posted March 30, 2022

    Website Debt Notice

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