2017 Coordinated Election Ballot Issues

El Paso County 1A

  • Explained

    Allows El Paso County to keep and spend $14.5+ million in excess revenue on I-25 corridor projects, disaster recovery, and trails,open space,and parks.

  • A YES vote means

    El Paso County will keep and spend revenue that would otherwise be refunded to tax-paying property owners.

  • A NO vote means

    Tax-paying property owners would receive a one-time tax credit approximately equal to $40 per single-family home valued at $250,000.

  • Ballot Language

    WITHOUT IMPOSING NEW TAXES OR RAISING TAX RATES, SHALL EL PASO COUNTY BE PERMITTED TO RETAIN AND SPEND $14,548,000 IN EXCESS 2016 REVENUE AS A VOTER-APPROVED REVENUE CHANGE PURSUANT TO TABOR (ARTICLE X, SECTION 20 OF THE COLORADO CONSTITUTION) TO INVEST ONLY IN THE FOLLOWING INFRASTRUCTURE: • THE I-25 CORRIDOR GAP LOCAL SHARE AND OTHER ROADWAY SAFETY AND IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS, UP TO $12 MILLION; • DISASTER RECOVERY PROJECTS; AND • PARKS, TRAILS AND OPEN SPACE PROJECTS, WITH THE UNDERSTANDING THAT SUCH EXCESS REVENUE WOULD OTHERWISE BE REFUNDED ONLY TO TAXABLE REAL PROPERTY OWNERS AS A ONE-TIME TAX CREDIT (EXAMPLE: APPROXIMATELY $40 FOR A TYPICAL SINGLE-FAMILY HOME VALUED AT $250,000), AND TO RETAIN AND SPEND IN THE 2017 FISCAL YEAR AND THEREAFTER AN AMOUNT OF REVENUE THAT EXCEEDS CURRENT TABOR LIMITATIONS BUT IS NO GREATER THAN THE COUNTY REVENUE CAP, WHICH CONTINUES TO LIMIT FUTURE REVENUE GROWTH AS PROVIDED IN RESOLUTION NO. 17 - 244?

Pikes Peak Rural Transit Authority 5B

  • Explained

    Amends Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority's (PPRTA's) capital improvement project list to include I-25 roadway improvements from Highway 105 to County Line road, and allows PPRTA funding of those improvements up $10 million.

  • A YES vote means

    PPRTA funds could be used for I-25 roadway improvements.

  • A NO vote means

    no change.

  • Ballot Language

    "WITHOUT INCREASING TAXES, SHALL THE 2012 VOTER-APPROVED LIST OF SPECIFIC REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS PROJECTS FUNDED BY THE EXISTING 0.55% (FIFTY-FIVE ONE HUNDREDTHS OF ONE PENNY PER DOLLAR) PIKES PEAK RURAL TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY (PPRTA) SALES AND USE TAX, WHICH SUNSETS ON DECEMBER 31, 2024, BE AMENDED TO INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING PROJECT: REGIONAL COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS: • CDOT I-25 ROADWAY IMPROVEMENTS – LOCAL CONTRIBUTION: STATE HIGHWAY 105 NORTH TO COUNTY LINE ROAD WITH THIS PROJECT BEING ELIGIBLE FOR FUNDING, IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $10,000,000.00 IN PPRTA CONTRIBUTIONS, AT ANY TIME REGARDLESS OF THE STATUS OF THE PREVIOUSLY APPROVED PRIORITY “A” PROJECTS AND PRIORITY “B” PROJECTS?"

Colorado Springs 2A

  • Explained

    Allows Colorado Springs to collect stormwater fees to fund construction and maintenance of public stormwater facilities and systems to comply with regulatory requirements and protect life and property from flooding and stormwater. For residential property, the fee would not exceed $5 per month per dwelling unit.

  • A YES vote means

    Colorado Springs would impose a fee on developed property for stormwater infrastructure.

  • A NO vote means

    no change.

  • Ballot Language

    "City Question 2A - As set forth in Resolution 89-17, referred by City Council 8/22/2017 Without imposing any new tax or increasing any existing taxes, shall Ordinance No. 17 - 69 of the City of Colorado Springs be approved authorizing: the collection of stormwater service fees beginning July 1, 2018 and ending July 1, 2038, for the sole purpose of funding through a City enterprise, the construction, improvement, operation and maintenance of public stormwater facilities and a public stormwater system in the City, including regulatory permit compliance and protection of life and property within the City from the hazards of flooding and stormwater, to be assessed on all developed real property within the City, with such fees not to exceed the following maximum amounts: Residential property:             $5.00 per dwelling unit/month Non-residential property:  $30.00 per acre/month providing that such fees may be thereafter increased by City Council by Resolution only to the extent required to comply with a valid court order, federal or state permits, federal or state laws, and intergovernmental agreements of the City entered into before June 1, 2016; and providing for citizen advisory committee oversight?"

Manitou Springs 2B

  • Explained

    Authorizes an increase in Manitou Springs' debt by $3.9 million, with the funds to be used for city improvements, including a new training and emergency operations center. Also authorizes a mill levy tax increase to repay the debt.

  • A YES vote means

    Authorizes Manitou Springs to incur this debt, spend the funds, and raise the mill levy to repay the debt.

  • A NO vote means

    no change.

  • Ballot Language

    "SHALL CITY OF MANITOU SPRINGS DEBT BE INCREASED $3.9 MILLION, WITH A REPAYMENT COST OF UP TO $7,000,000; AND SHALL CITY TAXES BE INCREASED UP TO $400,000 ANNUALLY TO PAY SUCH DEBT, WITH THE PROCEEDS TO BE USED FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING FIRE PROTECTION IMPROVEMENTS AND OTHER IMPROVEMENTS FOR CITY PURPOSES, WHICH MAY INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO: • CONSTRUCTING AND EQUIPPING A MUNICIPAL PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY TO BE UTILIZED AS A TRAINING AND EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER FOR THE FIRE AND POLICE DEPARTMENTS, AND FOR USE DURING TIMES OF FLOOD OR OTHER NATURAL DISASTERS TO MAINTAIN CONTINUITY OF GOVERNMENT, AND AS A STORAGE FACILITY FOR MUNICIPAL PURPOSES; AND SHALL THE MILL LEVY BE INCREASED IN ANY YEAR WITHOUT LIMITATION AS TO RATE BUT ONLY IN AN AMOUNT SUFFICIENT TO PAY THE PRINCIPAL OF, PREMIUM, IF ANY, AND INTEREST ON SUCH DEBT OR ANY REFUNDING DEBT (OR TO CREATE A RESERVE FOR SUCH PAYMENT); SUCH DEBT TO BE EVIDENCED BY THE ISSUANCE OF GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS OR OTHER MULTIPLE FISCAL YEAR FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS; TO BE SOLD IN ONE SERIES OR MORE, FOR A PRICE ABOVE OR BELOW THE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF SUCH SERIES, ON TERMS AND CONDITIONS AND WITH SUCH MATURITIES AS PERMITTED BY LAW, INCLUDING PROVISIONS FOR REDEMPTION OF THE BONDS PRIOR TO MATURITY WITH OR WITHOUT PAYMENT OF THE PREMIUM OF NOT TO EXCEED ONE PERCENT; AND SHALL SUCH TAX REVENUES AND THE EARNINGS FROM THE INVESTMENT OF SUCH BOND PROCEEDS AND TAX REVENUES BE COLLECTED, RETAINED AND SPENT AS A VOTER APPROVED REVENUE CHANGE UNDER ARTICLE X, SECTION 20 OF THE COLORADO CONSTITUTION OR ANY OTHER LAW?"

Manitou Springs 2C

  • Explained

    Would exempt Manitou Springs from state restrictions on providing high-speed internet, telecommunications, and cable services.

  • A YES vote means

    Manitou Springs would be authorized to provide high-speed internet, telecommunications, and cable services, but would not be obligated to do so.

  • A NO vote means

    no change.

  • Ballot Language

    "Without increasing taxes, shall the City of Manitou Springs have the legal right to provide high-speed internet services (advanced services), telecommunications services and cable television services to residents, businesses, schools, libraries, nonprofit entities and other users of such services, either directly or indirectly with public or private sector partners, as expressly permitted by Colorado Revised Statutes §§ 29-27-101 through 304, entitled ""Competition in Utility and Entertainment Services""?"

Citizens Project recognizes that education is a necessary component of a functioning democracy and that current state funding has resulted in inequitable treatment of school district across the state. School districts must now ask their voters for additional local funding to meet the needs of their students.  Citizens Project encourages voters in districts asking for additional funds to study their district’s ballot question, discuss the issues with others – including school board candidates -- and make an informed decision on their district’s plan for using the additional funds.

Widefield School District 3A

  • Explained

    Authorizes an increase in Widefield SChool District taxes by $3.5 million annually to fund the school district, including compensating for lost state funding, recruitment and retention of teachers, reducing class size, and expanding technology.

  • A YES vote means

    Widefield School District property taxes would increase and the funds would be used to fund the district.

  • A NO vote means

    no change.

  • Ballot Lanuguage

    "SHALL WIDEFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 3 TAXES BE INCREASED $3.5 MILLION IN 2018 AND ANNUALLY THEREAFTER BY AN AMOUNT THAT, WHEN COMBINED WITH OTHER TAXES PREVIOUSLY APPROVED BY DISTRICT VOTERS IN 2002 FOR THE DISTRICT’S GENERAL FUND, EQUALS TEN PERCENT OF THE DISTRICT’S TOTAL PROGRAM AS PROVIDED BY STATE LAW (AS SUCH TERM IS DEFINED IN STATE LAW OR ANY SIMILAR TERMS PROVIDED IN ANY SUCCESSOR PROVISION OF STATE LAW), BY THE LEVY OF PROPERTY TAXES FOR THE DISTRICT’S GENERAL FUND AT A RATE THAT WILL PRODUCE AN AMOUNT EQUAL TO TEN PERCENT OF THE DISTRICT’S TOTAL PROGRAM, TO FUND DISTRICT OPERATIONS INCLUDING, AMONG OTHER THINGS: - RECOVERING A PORTION OF CUTS IN STATE FUNDING TO ENHANCE DISTRICT STEM, READING, WRITING, AND MATH PROGRAMS, - RECRUITING AND RETAINING HIGH QUALITY TEACHERS AND STAFF, - REDUCING CLASS SIZES AND SUSTAINING INNOVATIVE ACADEMIC PROGRAMMING, - COVERING OPERATING COSTS RELATED TO A NEW SCHOOL FACILITY FOR PRE-K THOUGH 8TH GRADE, AND - ENSURING THAT STUDENTS HAVE ACCESS TO EXPANDING TECHNOLOGY?"

Widefield School District 3B

  • Explained

    Approves a $49.5 million bond and tax increase to fund Widefield School District projects, including a new K-8th grade school, upgrading technology, adding surveillance cameras, and upgrading the bus fleet.

  • A YES vote means

    Widefield School District is authorized to incur bond debt and spend the funds. Taxes will be increased to repay the debt.

  • A NO vote means

    no change.

  • Ballot Language

    "SHALL WIDEFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 3 DEBT BE INCREASED $49.5 MILLION, WITH A REPAYMENT COST OF UP TO $89 MILLION, AND SHALL DISTRICT TAXES BE INCREASED BY UP TO $3.6 MILLION ANNUALLY FOR THE PURPOSE OF ACQUIRING, CONSTRUCTING, REFINANCING, REPAIRING AND IMPROVING DISTRICT CAPITAL ASSETS INCLUDING, AMONG OTHER THINGS: - MAKING DISTRICT-WIDE REPAIRS AND IMPROVEMENTS TO SCHOOL BUILDINGS TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION COMMUNITY INPUT AT EACH SCHOOL, - BUILDING A NEW PRE-K THROUGH 8TH GRADE SCHOOL IN THE EASTERN PART OF THE DISTRICT, - UPGRADING COMPUTER AND INTERNET TECHNOLOGY AT ALL SCHOOLS, - ADDING SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS AND LIFE-SAFETY SYSTEMS TO ENHANCE STUDENT SECURITY, - REDUCING THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS IN TRAILER-LIKE PORTABLE CLASSROOMS, - RENOVATING AUDITORIUMS AT WIDEFIELD HIGH SCHOOL AND MESA RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL, - REPAIRING OR REPLACING OUTDATED ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS AND SYSTEMS IN SCHOOLS, - UPGRADING THE DISTRICT’S AGING SCHOOL BUS FLEET, AND - REFINANCING EXISTING DISTRICT LEASE OBLIGATIONS, BY THE ISSUANCE AND PAYMENT OF GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS WHICH SHALL BEAR INTEREST, MATURE, BE SUBJECT TO REDEMPTION, WITH OR WITHOUT PREMIUM, AND BE ISSUED AT SUCH TIME, AT SUCH PRICE (AT, ABOVE OR BELOW PAR) AND IN SUCH MANNER AND CONTAINING SUCH TERMS, NOT INCONSISTENT WITH THIS BALLOT ISSUE, AS THE BOARD OF EDUCATION MAY DETERMINE; AND SHALL AD VALOREM PROPERTY TAXES BE LEVIED WITHOUT LIMIT AS TO THE MILL RATE TO GENERATE AN AMOUNT SUFFICIENT IN EACH YEAR TO PAY THE PRINCIPAL OF, PREMIUM IF ANY, AND INTEREST ON SUCH DEBT AND TO FUND ANY RESERVES FOR THE PAYMENT THEREOF?"

Cheyenne Mountain School District 12 3D

  • Explained

    Allows Cheyenne Mountain School District to adjust the current mill levy to collect previously approved tax revenue.

  • A YES vote means

    Cheyenne Mountain School District is allowed to make adjustments to the mill levy to collect previously approved tax revenue.

  • A NO vote means

    no change.

  • Ballot Language

    "MAY THE DISTRICT COLLECT THE PROPERTY TAX REVENUES PERMITTED BY C.R.S. 22-54-108 AS PREVIOUSLY APPROVED BY DISTRICT VOTERS IN 2011 NOTWITHSTANDING ANY MILL LEVY LIMITATION?"

Colorado Springs School District 11 3E

  • Explained

    Increases Colorado Springs School District 11 property taxes by $42 million dollars annually to fund educational needs, including competitive teacher pay, modernizing buildings, upgrading and replacing outdated technology, and improving student safety by adding a resource officer at every middle school.

  • A YES vote means

    Colorado Springs School District 11 taxes would be increased and the funds used to support the district's educational needs.

  • A NO vote means

    no change.

  • Ballot Langugage

    "SHALL SCHOOL DISTRICT 11 TAXES BE INCREASED $42 MILLION DOLLARS ANNUALLY WHICH SHALL BE USED TO FUND EDUCATIONAL NEEDS INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO: • ATTRACTING AND RETAINING HIGH QUALITY TEACHERS AND SUPPORT STAFF, NOT TO INCLUDE ADMINISTRATORS, BY OFFERING SALARIES AND BENEFITS THAT ARE COMPETITIVE WITH OTHER SCHOOL DISTRICTS; • EXTENDING THE LIFE OF EXISTING SCHOOLS BY REPAIRING, MAINTAINING, AND MODERNIZING AGING BUILDINGS; • EXPANDING TECHNOLOGY ACCESS TO MORE STUDENTS BY UPGRADING AND REPLACING OUTDATED COMPUTERS AND EQUIPMENT; • IMPROVING STUDENT SAFETY AND SECURITY BY ADDING A SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER AT EVERY MIDDLE SCHOOL; • SUPPORTING STUDENT SUCCESS BY PROVIDING MORE SCHOOL COUNSELORS, NURSES, PSYCHOLOGISTS, OR SOCIAL WORKERS; AND • REDUCING LONG-TERM INTEREST COSTS BY PAYING OFF EXISTING DEBT SOONER; THE DISTRICT SHALL ENSURE ACCOUNTABILITY WITH A CITIZENS OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE WHICH SHALL ANNUALLY REVIEW AND REPORT TO THE PUBLIC ON THE USE OF FUNDS; FOR 2019 AND THEREAFTER SHALL SUCH REVENUES BE ADJUSTED ANNUALLY FOR INFLATION; AND SHALL THE DISTRICT BE ALLOWED TO COLLECT, RETAIN AND SPEND THE FULL AMOUNT OF THESE REVENUES AS A VOTER APPROVED REVENUE CHANGE AND SHALL THE MILL LEVY AUTHORIZED BY THIS QUESTION BE EXCLUDED FROM PREVIOUS LIMITS WHICH WOULD OTHERWISE APPLY?"