Finalized election results released by town


By Dorothy Elder | Staff Writer

On April 13, the Town of Pagosa Springs’ canvass of votes for the 2022 regular election was completed and final tallies were released. 

The canvass did not change any of the outcomes of the election, Town Clerk April Hessman wrote in an email. 

The finalized results of the mayoral election revealed 282 votes for Shari Pierce and 41 votes for Sara Cole, according to Hessman. 

Ballot question A, which asked if the Town of Pagosa Springs Home Rule Charter be amended to initiate a workforce housing fee for short-term rentals amounting to at least $150 per month for each permitted bedroom with all fees dedicated to creation and sustainability of workforce housing, totaled 191 yes votes and 180 no votes, Hessman wrote in an email. 

In addition, Madeline Bergon received 270 votes, Matt DeGuise received 241 votes and Gary Williams received 221 votes for their positions on town council, according to Hessman. 

The newly elected town council members and mayor were sworn into office at the Pagosa Springs Town Council’s April 6 meeting. 

A discussion on the implementation of ballot question A will be held at today’s town council meeting, which is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. at Town Hall. Remote participation information can be found on the town’s website.