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September 23, 2020



LOCAL

Kiowa County 1st COVID cast

Kiowa county has confirmed their 1st case of coronavirus, after remaining to be the final county in the state with 0 cases. Since testing was obtained, the individual has been isolated, and close contacts have been notified for quarantine. The kiowa county resident is doing well according to public health reports, and they are expected to make a full recovery. For questions or concerns, contact Public Health at 719-336-8721.


Lamar Public Library No Appointments

Lamar public Library announced appointments will no longer be required to visit. Masks will still be required, and curbside pickup remains in place. The maximum capacity for the Lamar Public Library is now 47 people at one time. For questions on these changes, or related their latest upcoming events, call 336-4632.


VA Eastern Colorado Flu Shot

The VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System is hosting free drive-thru clinics for Veterans across all sites of care including a free flu shot. If a veteran is unable to attend a drive-thru clinic, they are encouraged to speak with their patient aligned care team. Lamar VA Clinic: 1401 South Main Street will host their drive-thru Tuesday, October 6th 7:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. And Tuesday, October 13th 7:30 a.m.- 10:30 a.m.


Prowers County Sample Ballots

Prowers County 2020 General Election Sample Ballots are now posted to the Prowers County Website under Departments and then by selecting the Elections link. Ballots Styles for this 2020 General Election will be by Precinct Number, which can be found by visiting govotecolorado.gov. All the Precinct Ballot styles will look exactly the same because there are no other coordinating participants that will be having an election with Prowers County, other than Federal and State. For more information on sample ballots, contact the Prowers County Clerk and Recorder’s office at 336-8011.


STATE

Colorado Employees Furlough

Most Colorado state workers will have to take furlough days before the fiscal year is over due to the financial fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. Governor Jared Polis says furlough days will be mandatory for any state worker making more than 50-thousand dollars a year. The number of furlough days will be relative to a worker's annual salary. Certain jobs are exempt, including state workers assisting Coloradans with unemployment and those who are necessary for public safety and road work.


Gallagher Amendment

A bipartisan group of Colorado state lawmakers have launched a campaign to repeal the Gallagher Amendment. The amendment maintains a 45-to-55 split of the state's property taxes, with homeowners paying 45-percent and nonresidential properties paying the rest. Pueblo Democratic Representative Daneya Esgar says that split will put a strain on state service following the pandemic. Republican Representative Dan Soper says a repeal of the Gallagher Amendment is a lifeline for Colorado's rural communities. If Amendment B passes, the property tax rate from homeowners will be locked in place for three years. That would give the Legislature more time to come up with a new funding formula.

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