The City Clerk is the elections official for all regular and special elections in the City of Arvada. Regular municipal elections for the City of Arvada are held on the first Tuesday in November in odd-numbered years. Special elections may be called by City Council. All municipal elections for elected officials are nonpartisan.
When is the next Special Municipal Election?
The next special election will be held Tuesday, November 8, 2016. Arvada City Council has referred the following two questions to the ballot:
CITY OF ARVADA BALLOT ISSUE 2G
SHALL CITY OF ARVADA TAXES BE INCREASED $10,700,000 ANNUALLY IN THE FIRST FULL FISCAL YEAR COMMENCING JANUARY 1, 2017, OR BY WHATEVER ADDITIONAL AMOUNTS ARE RAISED ANNUALLY THEREAFTER THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2028, BY AN ADDITIONAL CITY SALES AND USE TAX AT A RATE OF 1/2 CENT TO PAY THE COSTS OF STREET MAINTENANCE, STREET IMPROVEMENTS, AND SIDEWALK IMPROVEMENTS PROVIDED THAT THE FOLLOWING PROJECTS SHALL BE FUNDED BEFORE ANY OTHERS ARE FUNDED:
WIDENING EXISTING LANES AND IMPROVING SIDEWALKS ON RALSTON ROAD BETWEEN YUKON STREET AND GARRISON STREET;
ADDING LANES AND SIDEWALKS ON WEST 72ND AVENUE BETWEEN SIMMS STREET AND WARD ROAD;
ADDING SIDEWALKS IN NEIGHBORHOODS NEAR THE G-LINE COMMUTER RAIL STATIONS; AND
CLOSING SIDEWALK GAPS IN SOUTHEAST AND SOUTH ARVADA; AND
WITH EXPENDITURES ON OTHER FUTURE MAINTENANCE PROJECTS TO BE MADE BY THE CITY COUNCIL BASED UPON STREET MAINTENANCE PRIORITIES, AND CITY COUNCIL SHALL ANNUALLY REPORT THE PROGRESS OF SUCH PROJECTS TO THE CITIZENS; AND SHALL THE REVENUES GENERATED BY SUCH SALES TAX INCREASE AND ANY EARNINGS FROM THE INVESTMENT OF SUCH REVENUES BE COLLECTED AND SPENT BY THE CITY AS A VOTER-APPROVED REVENUE CHANGE PURSUANT TO ARTICLE X, SECTION 20 OF THE COLORADO CONSTITUTION OR ANY OTHER LAW?
CITY OF ARVADA BALLOT QUESTION 2H
Shall the City of Arvada, without increasing taxes, and to restore local authority that was denied in 2005 to all local governments by the Colorado Legislature, be authorized to provide high-speed internet services (advanced services), telecommunication services, and/or cable television services as defined by § 29-27-101–304 of the Colorado Revised Statutes including but not limited to any new or improved high bandwidth services based upon future technologies, either directly, and/or indirectly with public and/or private sector partners, to residents, businesses, schools, libraries, nonprofit entities and other users of such services, without limiting its home rule authority?
When is the next Regular Municipal Election?
The next regular municipal election will be held in November 7, 2017.
The City of Arvada is divided into four Council districts. Residents of each district elect a Councilmember who lives within the district and represents the concerns of that district. The Mayor and two other Councilmembers are elected At-Large, meaning that they represent the entire City of Arvada rather than a specific area or district. New Council district boundaries were adopted in 2013.
Why is there not a Regular Municipal Election in 2016?
The Mayor and City Councilmembers are elected to four-year terms. Elections are held in odd years (2015, 2017, etc.). Council seats come up for election on an alternating basis with District #1, District #3, and one At-Large seat in one election cycle; and District #2, District #4, one At-Large seat, and the Mayor's seat in another election cycle.
Representatives elected to the Arvada City Council are limited to three (3) four-year terms for a specific seat. An individual elected to represent a specific district can serve in that capacity for three terms, but then would have the option of running for an At-Large seat and serving additional three terms.
Information on Registering to Vote
You can register to vote on the Colorado Secretary of State's website:
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City Clerk's Office
8101 Ralston Road
Arvada, CO 80002