Town Administrator Jerry L'Estrange said voters had two options - they could repeal the entire section of the annexation code that exceeded state requirements or change the restrictions to exempt some annexation requests from voter approval.
Fifty-four percent of voters chose to repeal it entirely.
"The development community felt it was onerous for everything to go to the voters," he
said."The problem when you have anything absolute like that is: The first things that come up are exceptions."
Unlike Durango, the pressures of residential growth weren't the issue in Buena Vista.L'Estrange
said commercial ventures were the ones feeling the squeeze under the annexation rules, and the town feared the loss of sales-tax revenues if businesses set up outside the town limits.
Any builder requesting annexation still must bring water rights or pay a fee in lieu of same, said L'Estrange
"Development pays its own way is our policy, and if we craft a new ordinance, we will make sure it won't cost the existing citizens."
Ahrens could not be reached for comment this week, but L'Estrange
praised his good sportsmanship in the wake of the loss.
"It's not like national politics here - people can be on different sides of an issue and still talk to each other," L'Estrange