Evans voters were unimpressed with three out of four issues on the ballot that sought to change city code.
With 87 percent of eligible Weld County voters casting ballots, only the last measure on the Evans ballot — Issue 2D — won approval, while the other measures failed. In Fort Lupton, Issue 2A passed.
» Issue 2A: 3,600 voted against the measure, and 1,830 voted for it. The measure asked voters to remove the requirement that the city manager live in Evans. Mayor Lyle Achziger said the council did not want to be limited in its future hiring choices.
» Issue 2B, which would have removed the requirement that the city council appoint the city clerk, failed, with 2,168 votes in favor and 3,106 votes against it. Evans officials said the appointment process is obsolete because the city clerk is not a department head position, meaning he or she reports to the city manager or deputy city manager — not the city council.
» Issue 2C aimed to eliminate the appointment requirement for the Evans treasurer. The measure failed, with 3,218 votes against it and 2,046 votes for it. City officials said the position is obsolete because the finance director is in charge of all things money-related, and reports directly to the city manager.
» Issue 2D, which establishes a $1 million ceiling for the city’s emergency fund, was the only measure to pass, with 3,036 votes for the measure and 2,183 votes against it. When Evans officials analyzed how much they should put aside for emergencies, they found that $1 million would be sufficient, and would free up extra money for the city’s budget.
» In Fort Lupton, ballot question 2A overwhelmingly passed with 1,577 votes, compared to 712 votes against the measure. The measure extends city council members’ terms to four years instead of two years.