Growing Pains

Brief by Central Staff

1995 Election – November 1995 – Colorado Central Magazine

If there’s a theme to this off-year election in the mountains, it might be “Growing Pains.”

This election will also cause pains among newspaper writers addicted to clichs like “voters marching to the polls,” because this election will be conducted by mail.

In Custer County, among the 10 fastest-growing counties in the United States, the school district is asking for $4.3 million, most of it going to a new elementary school.

The library is also asking for more money, which is also the case in Buena Vista, and in Salida, where the building would gain about 3,000 square feet in an addition. Hours and collections would also be expanded, and we’re voting for it. We’re asking our friends to vote for it. We’re asking our enemies to vote for it.

The hot issue in Salida is expanding the golf course from nine to eighteen holes (see our story on page 29). The Mt. Massive Golf Club in Leadville has voted to pursue building a new eighteen- hole course to replace the current nine, and the Buena Vista Town Board has agreed to spend up to $5,000 on feasibility studies for acquiring the nine-hole Collegiate Peaks Golf Course.

Cotopaxi schools, where enrollment has grown 30% since 1989, are asking for $1.6 million to build classrooms and a gym.

In Buena Vista, the hot issue is a recreation district which, if approved, would build a recreation center with a swimming pool.

Park County’s ballot has several growth issues. One is a sales-tax increase to finance road repairs, and another, a non-binding referendum, asks for public sentiment concerning a regional airport near Hartsel.

On the east side of Park County, Platte Canyon schools are asking for $9.2 million to build a new middle school.