2016 Local Ballot Measures

El Paso County
Town of Palmer Lake
Town of Green Mountain Falls
Academy School District
Falcon School District 49
School District 11

El Paso County:

1A Explained: Without raising taxes, this measure restores the El Paso County Board of Commissioners’ authority to coordinate potential high speed broadband service to rural areas.  

1A: WITHOUT INCREASING TAXES, SHALL EL PASO COUNTY HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO PROVIDE, OR TO FACILITATE OR PARTNER OR COORDINATE WITH SERVICE PROVIDERS FOR THE PROVISION OF, “ADVANCED (HIGH-SPEED INTERNET) SERVICE,” “CABLE TELEVISION SERVICE,” AND “TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICE,” EITHER DIRECTLY, INDIRECTLY, OR BY CONTRACT, TO RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL, NONPROFIT, GOVERNMENT OR OTHER SUBSCRIBERS, AND TO ACQUIRE, OPERATE AND MAINTAIN ANY FACILITY FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING SUCH SERVICES, RESTORING LOCAL AUTHORITY AND FLEXIBILITY THAT WAS TAKEN AWAY BY TITLE 29, ARTICLE 27, PART1 OF THE COLORADO REVISED STATUTES?

 

Town of Palmer Lake:

2A Explained: This measure will continue the $.03 sales tax, currently in place and set to expire, raising $90,000 annually to support public safety.

2A: SHALL TOWN OF PALMER LAKE TAXES BE INCREASED BY $90,000 ANNUALLY, OR BY SUCH AMOUNT AS MAY BE RAISED BY A CONTINUATION OF THE PREVIOUSLY APPROVED CURRENT SALES TAX RATE OF 3%, PROCEEDS OF WHICH SHALL CONTINUE TO BE USED TO PROVIDE PROPER AND ESSENTIAL PUBLIC SAFETY RESPONSE AND FOR OTHER PROPER GOVERNMENTAL PURPOSES; AND SHALL THE PROCEEDS OF SUCH TAX AND ANY INVESTMENT INCOME THEREON BE COLLECTED AND SPENT BY THE TOWN AS A VOTER-APPROVED REVENUE CHANGE WITHOUT REGARD TO ANY SPENDING, REVENUE-RAISING, OR OTHER LIMITATIONS CONTAINED WITHIN ARTICLE X, SECTION 20 OF THE COLORADO CONSTITUTION, OR SECTION 29-1-301, COLORADO REVISED STATUTES, AND WITHOUT LIMITING IN ANY YEAR THE AMOUNT OF OTHER REVENUES THAT MAY BE COLLECTED AND SPENT BY THE TOWN?

2B Explained: This measure creates a 5% tax on wholesale marijuana sales, yielding up to $150,000 annually.

2B: SHALL TOWN OF PALMER LAKE TAXES BE INCREASED, COMMENCING JANUARY 1, 2017, BY $150,000 ANNUALLY IN THE FIRST FISCAL YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2017, AND BY WHATEVER ADDITIONAL AMOUNTS ARE RAISED ANNUALLY THEREAFTER, BY IMPOSING A NEW EXCISE TAX OF 5% OF THE AVERAGE MARKET RATE FOR UNPROCESSED MARIJUANA AS DETERMINED BY THE COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE WHEN UNPROCESSED RETAIL MARIJUANA IS FIRST SOLD OR TRANSFERRED BY A MARIJUANA CULTIVATION FACILITY LOCATED WITHIN THE LIMITS OF THE TOWN OF PALMER LAKE; WITH THE RATE OF SUCH EXCISE TAX BEING ALLOWED TO BE DECREASED OR INCREASED BY THE TOWN BOARD WITHOUT FURTHER VOTER APPROVAL SO LONG AS THE RATE OF SUCH TAX DOES NOT EXCEED 10%, AND SHALL ALL REVENUES DERIVED FROM SUCH EXCISE TAX BE COLLECTED AND SPENT, AS A VOTER APPROVED REVENUE CHANGE, NOTWITHSTANDING ANY REVENUE OR EXPENDITURE LIMITATIONS CONTAINED IN ARTICLE X, SECTION 20, OF THE COLORADO CONSTITUTION, ARTICLE 1 OF TITLE 29, COLORADO REVISED STATUTES, OR ANY OTHER LAW?

2C Explained: This measure allows Palmer Lake to keep excess revenue, including from State Grants, that would typically require a vote by the electorate in accordance with TABOR.

2C: WITHOUT CREATING ANY NEW TAX OR INCREASING ANY CURRENT TAXES, SHALL THE TOWN OF PALMER LAKE BE PERMITTED TO RETAIN AND SPEND TOWN REVENUES DERIVED FROM ALL SOURCES IN EXISTENCE NOW OR IN THE FUTURE IN EXCESS OF ANY SPENDING OR OTHER LIMITATIONS SET FORTH IN ARTICLE X, SECTION 20 OF THE COLORADO CONSTITUTION (TABOR), COLORADO REVISED STATUTES SECTION 29-1-301, OR ANY OTHER LAW?

300 Explained: This measure would increase recreational marijuana sales tax by 5%, paid for by the customer, with proceeds going into the Palmer Lake General Fund.

300: SHALL THE TOWN OF PALMER LAKE TAXES BE INCREASED BY FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS ($500,000.00) IN THE FIRST FISCAL YEAR AND BY WHATEVER ADDITIONAL AMOUNTS ARE RAISED ANNUALLY THEREAFTER, BY IMPOSING AN ADDITIONAL SALES TAX OF 5% ON THE SALE OF RETAIL (RECREATIONAL) MARIJUANA AND RETAIL (RECREATIONAL) PRODUCTS AS DEFINED IN THE COLORADO RETAIL MARIJUANA CODE, WITH THE RATE OF SUCH TAX BEING ALLOWED TO BE DECREASED OR INCREASED WITHOUT FURTHER VOTER APPROVAL SO LONG AS THE RATE OF THE TAX DOES NOT EXCEED 10%, PROVIDED THAT THE RATE SHALL NOT EXCEED 7% ON OR BEFORE JANUARY 1, 2019, WITH THE REVENUES DERIVED FROM SUCH TAX TO BE COLLECTED AND SPENT TO PROMOTE THE GENERAL PURPOSES OF THE TOWN OF PALMER LAKE AS A VOTER APPROVED REVENUE CHANGE NOTWITHSTANDING ANY REVENUE OR EXPENDITURE LIMITATIONS CONTAINED IN ARTICLE X, SECTION 20 OF THE COLORADO CONSTITUTION?

 

Town of Green Mountain Falls

2E Explained: This measure would implement a 2% lodging tax, paid by tourists and visitors, yielding, approximately $19,000 annually to be spent on parks and beautification.

2E: SHALL TOWN OF GREEN MOUNTAIN FALLS TAXES BE INCREASED $19,000.00 IN 2017 AND THEN ANNUALLY BY WHATEVER AMOUNTS ARE RAISED THEREAFTER BY THE IMPOSITION OF AN ADDITIONAL LODGING TAX AT THE RATE OF 2% SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING: ALL OR ANY PORTION OF THE NET PROCEEDS OF THE ADDITIONAL 2% LODGING TAX, AS DETERMINED BY THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES, MAY BE COLLECTED, RETAINED AND SPENT TO FUND PARK IMPROVEMENTS OR TOWN BEAUTIFICATION OR TO PAY THE COSTS OF OPERATING OR MAINTAINING IMPROVEMENTS; SUCH TAX INCREASE SHALL COMMENCE JANUARY 1, 2017 AND BE COLLECTED IN THE SAME TRANSACTIONS AS THE TOWN’S LODGING TAX; AND SHALL ORDINANCE NO. 9-6-2016A PROVIDING FOR SUCH TAX INCREASE BE APPROVED; AND SHALL THE REVENUES GENERATED BY SUCH TAX INCREASE AND PROCEEDS MAY BE COLLECTED AND SPENT BY THE TOWN AS A VOTER-APPROVED REVENUE CHANGE, WITHOUT REGARD TO ANY SPENDING, REVENUE-RAISING, OR OTHER LIMITATION CONTAINED WITHIN ARTICLE X, SECTION 20 OF THE COLORADO CONSTITUTION OR ANY OTHER LAW?

Academy School District 20

3A Explained: Allows the district to increase bond debt by $230,000,000 to be used for building new schools, building repairs, and infrastructure improvements to allow for student population growth and upkeep of old facilities.

3A: SHALL EL PASO COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 20 (ACADEMY) DEBT BE INCREASED $230 MILLION, WITH A REPAYMENT COST OF NOT MORE THAN $387 MILLION, AND SHALL DISTRICT TAXES BE INCREASED NOT MORE THAN $22 MILLION ANNUALLY, WITH NO EXPECTED INCREASE IN THE DISTRICT’S CURRENT TOTAL MILL LEVY RATE OF 60.216 MILLS (APPROVED BY THE VOTERS IN 1999) BASED ON THE DISTRICT’S PROJECTED ASSESSED VALUES, AND SHALL SUCH DEBT BE ISSUED FOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PURPOSES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO: • CONSTRUCTING AND EQUIPPING 2 NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS, 1 NEW MIDDLE SCHOOL, AND A CENTER FOR INNOVATIVE LEARNING;

• MAKING ADDITIONS TO AND REMOVING MODULAR CLASSROOMS FROM DISCOVERY CANYON CAMPUS, LIBERTY HIGH SCHOOL, PINE CREEK HIGH SCHOOL, AND SCHOOL IN THE WOODS; • REMODELING AIR ACADEMY HIGH SCHOOL, CHALLENGER MIDDLE SCHOOL, AND RAMPART HIGH SCHOOL;

• UPDATING TECHNOLOGY INFRASTRUCTURE AT ALL SCHOOLS AND FOR ALL STUDENTS;

• PROVIDING IMPROVEMENTS TO ALL EXISTING ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE, AND HIGH SCHOOLS AND FACILITIES, INCLUDING THE CLASSICAL ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL;

PROVIDED THAT ALL EXPENDITURES SHALL BE IN CONFORMANCE WITH ACADEMY SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 20 BOARD OF EDUCATION RESOLUTION NO. 205-16 ADOPTED ON AUGUST 18, 2016;

SUCH DEBT TO BE EVIDENCED BY THE ISSUANCE AND PAYMENT OF GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS, WHICH SHALL BEAR INTEREST, MATURE, BE SUBJECT TO REDEMPTION, WITH OR WITHOUT PREMIUM OF NOT TO EXCEED 3%, AND BE ISSUED, DATED AND SOLD AT SUCH TIME OR TIMES, AT SUCH PRICES (AT, ABOVE OR BELOW PAR) AND IN SUCH MANNER AND CONTAINING SUCH TERMS, NOT INCONSISTENT HEREWITH, AS THE DISTRICT MAY DETERMINE; AND SHALL AD VALOREM PROPERTY TAXES BE LEVIED IN ANY YEAR, WITHOUT LIMITATION AS TO RATE, TO PAY THE PRINCIPAL OF, PREMIUM, IF ANY, AND INTEREST ON SUCH BONDS AND ANY BONDS ISSUED TO REFINANCE SUCH BONDS AND TO FUND ANY RESERVES FOR THE PAYMENT THEREOF?

Falcon School District 49

3B Explained: Without increasing taxes, 3B would reinvest tax revenue previously used for debt repayment, into teacher retention, facility maintenance, and building construction.

3B: WITHOUT INCREASING THE TAX RATE OF 10.159 MILLS CURRENTLY BEING LEVIED BY FALCON SCHOOL DISTRICT 49 FOR THE PAYMENT OF DEBT SERVICE ON GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS, SHALL DISTRICT 49 COLLECT UP TO $3,300,000 IN PROPERTY TAX REVENUE IN 2017 AND SUCH ADDITIONAL AMOUNTS GENERATED ANNUALLY THEREAFTER BY CONTINUING TO COLLECT SUCH 10.159 MILLS TO BE USED FOR GENERAL FUND PURPOSES INCLUDING RENTAL PAYMENTS ON LEASE-PURCHASE FINANCINGS AND FOR OTHER CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS AND FOR OPERATIONAL PRIORITIES DIRECTED TO:

• ATTRACTING AND RETAINING HIGHLY EFFECTIVE TEACHERS BY OFFERING SALARIES AND BENEFITS THAT ARE COMPETITIVE WITH OTHER DISTRICTS IN EL PASO COUNTY;

• MAKING PRIORITY CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS TO RESTORE AND REFURBISH ALL EXISTING EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES ON A REGULAR PATTERN GOING FORWARD;

• INVESTING IN THE TRADITIONAL HIGH SCHOOLS TO ENSURE THE BUILDINGS PROVIDE EQUITABLE OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS AND SAFE AND EFFECTIVE ENVIRONMENTS FOR STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT;

• CONSTRUCTING TWO K‐5 NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOLS, IN ORDER TO SERVE CURRENT DEMAND IN THE CENTRAL AND NORTHERN PORTIONS OF THE DISTRICT;

PROVIDED THAT IN 2017 A PORTION OF THE 10.159 MILLS WILL BE USED TO MAKE THE FINAL PAYMENT ON THE DISTRICT’S GENERAL OBLIGATION DEBT?

Colorado Springs School District 11

3C Explained: Increases taxes in School District 11 to invest in reducing class size, attracting and retaining teachers, updating technology, and maintaining and improving facilities.

3C: SHALL COLORADO SPRINGS SCHOOL DISTRICT 11 TAXES BE INCREASED UP TO $15,000,000 IN COLLECTION YEAR 2017, $16,250,000 IN 2018, $17,500,000 IN 2019, $18,750,000 IN 2020, $20,000,000 IN 2021, $21,250,000 IN 2022, $22,500,000 IN 2023, AND $32,600,000 IN 2024 AND THEREAFTER $32,600,000 ADJUSTED FOR ANNUAL CHANGES IN THE DENVER-BOULDER CONSUMER PRICE INDEX BY A PROPERTY TAX OVERRIDE MILL LEVY FOR DISTRICT EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES AS DETERMINED BY THE DISTRICT AND AS MONITORED BY CITIZENS’ OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE, WITH THE CONTINUATION OF THE INDEPENDENT REVIEW THAT ASSESSES AND REPORTS TO THE PUBLIC THE DISTRICT’S PROGRESS IN MEETING THE GOALS OF THE DISTRICT PERFORMANCE PLAN, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO:

• PROVIDING A SAFE AND HEALTHY LEARNING AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT;

• REDUCING CLASS SIZE; • ATTRACTING, RETAINING AND RECRUITING QUALITY STAFF; • PROVIDING UP-TO-DATE TECHNOLOGY REQUIREMENTS;

• MAINTAINING EFFICIENT, SECURE BUILDINGS AND EQUIPMENT; AND

• PROVIDING EQUITABLE FUNDING FOR CHARTER SCHOOLS;

ALL AS DESCRIBED IN THE DISTRICT’S “2016 MILL LEVY OVERRIDE SPENDING PLAN” DATED AUGUST 24, 2016, WHICH PLAN IS SUBJECT TO AMENDMENT IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PLAN;

WHICH PROPERTY TAX OVERRIDE MILL LEVY SHALL BE LIMITED BY APPLICABLE LAW AS PROVIDED IN C.R.S. SECTION 22-54-108 (CURRENTLY 25% OF TOTAL PROGRAM FUNDING);

AND SHALL THE PROPERTY TAX OVERRIDE MILL LEVY APPROVED BY THIS QUESTION AND THE MILL LEVY REQUIRED FOR THE PAYMENT OF DEBT SERVICE ON GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS OF THE DISTRICT APPROVED ON OR AFTER NOVEMBER 8, 2016, BE EXCLUDED FROM THE MILL LEVY LIMIT CONTAINED IN THE OVERRIDE TAX QUESTION APPROVED BY THE VOTERS ON NOVEMBER 7, 2000; AND SHALL THE DIRECT AND INDIRECT REVENUES FROM SUCH TAXES (E.G. SPECIFIC OWNERSHIP TAXES AND ANY EARNINGS FROM THE INVESTMENT OF SUCH REVENUES), BE COLLECTED AND SPENT AS A VOTER-APPROVED REVENUE CHANGE AND EXCEPTION TO THE LIMITS WHICH WOULD OTHERWISE APPLY UNDER ARTICLE X, SECTION 20 OF THE COLORADO CONSTITUTION OR ANY OTHER LAW?

3D Explained: Without increasing taxes, increases School District 11 debt by $235 Million for building repairs, improving technology, and facility updates and repairs.

3D: SHALL COLORADO SPRINGS SCHOOL DISTRICT 11 DEBT BE INCREASED $235 MILLION, WITH A REPAYMENT COST UP TO $390 MILLION, AND SHALL DISTRICT TAXES BE INCREASED UP TO $15.5 MILLION ANNUALLY FOR PURPOSES DESCRIBED IN THE DISTRICT’S CAPITAL PLAN, APPROVED BY THE BOARD AND MONITORED BY A CITIZENS’ OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION:

• BUILDING REPAIRS – REPAIRING AND REPLACING ROOFS, BOILERS, HEATING AND VENTILATION SYSTEMS, PLUMBING, ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS, AND ASPHALT IN EXISTING DISTRICT FACILITIES TO ADDRESS SAFETY CONCERNS AND IMPROVE COST EFFICIENCY;

• TECHNOLOGY – ACQUIRING AND UPGRADING TECHNOLOGY TO ENHANCE DISTRICT OPERATIONS, INCREASE EFFICIENCIES, AND IMPROVE LEARNING;

• SCHOOL CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS – ENLARGING, IMPROVING, REMODELING, REPAIRING, AND MAKING ADDITIONS TO EXISTING SCHOOL FACILITIES TO IMPROVE SAFETY AND SECURITY, REDUCE OVERCROWDING, AND TO IMPROVE OPERATIONAL AND EDUCATIONAL EFFICIENCY;

• OTHER FACILITIES – CONSTRUCTING, IMPROVING, REMODELING, AND REPAIRING PROPERTY AND ATHLETIC FACILITIES;

• ENERGY CONSERVATION – ACQUIRING AND UPGRADING EQUIPMENT AND FACILITIES IN CONNECTION WITH ENERGY MANAGEMENT AND COST CONSERVATION PROJECTS;

ALL AS DESCRIBED IN THE DISTRICT’S “2016 BOND SPENDING PLAN” DATED AUGUST 24, 2016, WHICH PLAN IS SUBJECT TO AMENDMENT IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PLAN;

AND SHALL THE MILL LEVY BE INCREASED IN ANY YEAR WITHOUT LIMITATION AS TO RATE (PROVIDED THAT SUCH RATE SHALL NOT PRODUCE REVENUE IN EXCESS OF $15.5 MILLION ANNUALLY AS SET FORTH ABOVE) TO PAY THE PRINCIPAL OF, PREMIUM, IF ANY, AND INTEREST ON SUCH DEBT OR ANY REFUNDING DEBT (OR TO CREATE A RESERVE FOR SUCH REPAYMENT), SUCH DEBT TO BE EVIDENCED BY THE ISSUANCE OF GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS IN ONE OR MORE SERIES AND ISSUE DATES FOR A PRICE AT, ABOVE OR BELOW THE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF EACH SUCH SERIES, ON TERMS AND CONDITIONS INCLUDING REDEMPTION PRIOR TO MATURITY WITH OR WITHOUT PAYMENT OF A PREMIUM NOT TO EXCEED 3%, AND WITH SUCH MATURITIES AS PERMITTED BY LAW, ALL AS THE DISTRICT BOARD OF EDUCATION MAY DETERMINE;

AND SHALL THE DIRECT AND INDIRECT REVENUES FROM SUCH TAX LEVY AND BOND PROCEEDS (E.G. SPECIFIC OWNERSHIP TAXES AND ANY EARNINGS FROM THE INVESTMENT OF SUCH REVENUES) BE COLLECTED AND SPENT AS A VOTER-APPROVED REVENUE CHANGE AND EXCEPTION TO THE LIMITS WHICH WOULD OTHERWISE APPLY UNDER ARTICLE X, SECTION 20 OF THE COLORADO CONSTITUTION OR ANY OTHER LAW?

 

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