Pueblo West Metropolitan District board members were disappointed but not surprised voters slapped down their request for a 1 cent tax to fix Pueblo West roads during Tuesday’s election.
Ballot Question 5A received only 1,885 votes of support while 4,040 voters turned thumbs-down on the tax.
“I was hopeful. Perhaps if the economy were doing better it might have passed,” said outgoing board President Christine McCarthy. “It leaves the district with a real challenge on keeping up our roads. We may have to give them back to Pueblo County for maintenance.”
McCarthy said the district has $40 million in needed road improvements. It spends about $2 million a year on maintenance, about a little more than half of that comes from Pueblo County — federal gasoline tax revenues that are paid to states and local communities each year.
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