2018 El Paso County Ballot Issues

El Paso County – 1A

  • Ballot Language

    WITHOUT RAISING ADDITIONAL TAXES, SHALL THE EXISTING 0.23% (TWENTY-THREE HUNDREDTHS OF ONE CENT) PUBLIC SAFETY SALES AND USE TAX BE EXTENDED TO JANUARY 1, 2029, WITH THE ONLY OTHER CHANGE TO THE CONDITIONS OF SAID TAX TO BE MODIFICATION OF THE PUBLIC SAFETY PURPOSES FOR WHICH THE REVENUES GENERATED MAY BE USED TO ALLOW THE MAINTENANCE, REPAIR AND REPLACEMENT OF SUPPLIES, EQUIPMENT, VEHICLES AND FACILITIES, SUCH PURPOSES TO BE LIMITED TO THE FOLLOWING: 1. CONTINUING LAW ENFORCEMENT NEEDS • HIRING, TRAINING AND EQUIPPING PATROL DEPUTIES, INVESTIGATORS AND CIVILIAN SUPPORT STAFF • CONDUCTING FIRE AND CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS • MAINTAINING AND REPAIRING COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT AND REPLACING IT AS IT BECOMES OBSOLETE OR WEARS OUT • PURCHASING AMMUNITION, FUEL AND OTHER OPERATIONAL SUPPLIES AND EQUIPMENT, INCLUDING REPLACEMENT OF VEHICLES AS THEY WEAR OUT 2. CRIMINAL JUSTICE NEEDS • HIRING, EMPLOYING, TRAINING AND EQUIPPING DETENTION DEPUTIES, CIVILIAN DETENTION SECURITY PERSONNEL AND SUPPORT STAFF TO ASSURE ADEQUATE STAFFING TO MAINTAIN INMATE AND PERSONNEL SAFETY IN THE COUNTY JAIL • CONDUCTING CRIMINAL EXTRADITION • MAINTAINING AND REPAIRING VIDEO SURVEILLANCE AND VIDEO VISITATION SYSTEMS AND REPLACING THEM AS THEY BECOME OBSOLETE • PURCHASING OPERATIONAL EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES • ADDRESSING ADDITIONAL SECURITY, SAFETY, OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE COSTS AT THE COUNTY JAIL 3. EMERGENCY RESPONSE NEEDS • HIRING, EMPLOYING AND TRAINING WILDLAND FIRE STAFF AND FUNDING EMERGENCY RESPONSE AND MITIGATION EFFORTS • MAINTAINING THE EMERGENCY VEHICLE RESPONSE CENTER • PURCHASING FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES EQUIPMENT, MAINTAINING WILDLAND FIRE TRUCKS AND REPLACING WILDLAND FIRE TRUCKS AS THEY WEAR OUT WITH SUCH PUBLIC SAFETY SALES AND USE TAX BEING COLLECTED, ADMINISTERED AND ENFORCED PURSUANT TO EL PASO COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS RESOLUTION NOS. 12-309 AMENDED AND 18-353?

  • Explained

    Shall the .23% Sales and Use Tax be extended to January 1, 2029 and amended to allow use of generated revenue for law enforcement, criminal justice, and emergency response needs as detailed?

  • A YES vote means

    Extension of the tax for the purposes described.

  • A NO vote means

    No Change. The tax will expire as planned in 2020.

  • Supporters Say

    This proposal creates no new or increased taxes while assuring the continuation of dedicated and restricted funding solely to support public safety needs throughout El Paso County. These include crime prevention, criminal investigation and the mandated detention operation in the jail.

  • Opponents Say

    The main purpose of the original Public Safety Tax was to provide for more manpower in both patrol and detention at the Sheriff’s Office. For the last four years, the Sheriff's Office has seen double-digit attrition losses to the point that patrol and jail manning are now at dangerously low levels. If the County has failed to accomplish what the original tax was approved for why should residents trust the County to get it right with a second chance?

  • Citizens Project Position

    No Position

Lewis-Palmer School District 38 – 4A

  • Ballot Language

    SHALL LEWIS-PALMER CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 38 TAXES BE INCREASED UP TO $1 MILLION ANNUALLY COMMENCING IN COLLECTION YEAR 2019 THROUGH AND INCLUDING DECEMBER 31, 2025, PURSUANT TO AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 22-54-108, C.R.S., SUCH ADDITIONAL REVENUES TO BE DEPOSITED IN THE GENERAL FUND AND USED FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO: INCREASING SAFETY AND SECURITY AT ALL EXISTING ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE, AND HIGH SCHOOLS, INCLUDING MONUMENT ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL; BY HIRING ADDITIONAL STAFF MEMBERS DEVOTED TO THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF STUDENTS AND TO PROVIDE ONGOING SAFETY TRAINING TO ALL STAFF; AND SHALL THE DISTRICT BE AUTHORIZED TO COLLECT, RETAIN AND SPEND ALL REVENUES FROM SUCH TAXES AND THE EARNINGS FROM THE INVESTMENT OF SUCH REVENUES AS A VOTER APPROVED REVENUE CHANGE AND AN EXCEPTION TO THE LIMITS WHICH WOULD OTHERWISE APPLY UNDER ARTICLE X, SECTION 20 OF THE COLORADO CONSTITUTION OR ANY OTHER LAW?

  • Explained

    Shall Lewis-Palmer school district taxes be increased by $1 million annually for seven years, to be deposited to the general fund and used for educational purposes, including safety and security, and shall the district be authorized to collect those taxes?

  • A YES vote means

    Approval of a mill levy override which would create a tax increase for seven years.

  • A NO vote means

    No Change

  • Supporters Say

    District 38 schools are currently nearing capacity or are at capacity. Safety and security improvements and additional support personnel at all District 38 schools including Monument Academy would benefit all students. Having good schools in the District keeps our local economy strong.

  • Opponents Say

    Property taxes would increase. There is no guarantee of increased academic achievement. Homeowner has no children in the district.

  • Citizens Project Position

    No Position

Lewis-Palmer School District 38 – 4B

  • Ballot Language

    SHALL LEWIS-PALMER CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 38 DEBT BE INCREASED $36.5 MILLION, WITH A REPAYMENT COST OF NOT MORE THAN $66.3 MILLION, AND SHALL DISTRICT TAXES BE INCREASED NOT MORE THAN $5.2 MILLION ANNUALLY, AND SHALL SUCH DEBT BE ISSUED FOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PURPOSES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO: MAKING SAFETY AND SECURITY ENHANCEMENTS TO ALL DISTRICT SCHOOL BUILDINGS, INCLUDING MONUMENT ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL; CONSTRUCTING AND EQUIPPING A NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL; 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, PROVIDED THAT SUCH LEVY SHALL NOT PRODUCE REVENUE WHICH EXCEEDS THE AMOUNTS SET FORTH ABOVE?

  • Explained

    Shall Lewis-Palmer School District obtain a bond (debt) of $36.5 million for the purpose of making safety enhancements, and construction of a new elementary school.

  • A YES Vote Means

    Approval to incur the debt with the repayment terms as detailed, for the stated purposes of safety improvements and construction.

  • A NO Vote Means

    No Change

  • Supporters Say

    District 38 schools are currently nearing capacity or are at capacity. Safety and security improvements and additional support personnel at all District 38 schools including Monument Academy would benefit all students. Having good schools in the District keeps our local economy strong

  • Opponents Say

    Property taxes would increase. There is no guarantee of increased academic achievement. Homeowner has no children in the district.

  • Citizens Project Position

    No Position

El Paso County School District 49 – 4C

  • Ballot Language

    IN ORDER TO DECREASE THE CURRENT MILL LEVY OVERRIDE RATE OF 19.081 MILLS TO 18.500 MILLS, SHALL SCHOOL DISTRICT 49 (EL PASO COUNTY COLORADO SCHOOL DISTRICT 49) MILL LEVY OVERRIDE TAXES BE $16.5 MILLION IN 2018 FOR COLLECTION IN 2019 AND WHATEVER AMOUNTS AS MAY BE GENERATED ANNUALLY THEREAFTER BY THE IMPOSITION OF A MILL LEVY NOT TO EXCEED 18.500 MILLS FOR THE PURPOSES APPROVED BY THE VOTERS IN 2014 AND 2016?

  • Explained

    This measure converts the mill levy overrides of 2014 and 2016 from fixed dollar amounts to a combined lower fixed mill rate.

  • A YES vote means

    Changing the current means of calculating the property taxes as approved in 2014 and 2016.

  • A NO vote means

    No Change

  • Supporters Say

    As new homes are built in the district, it increases the combined assessed property value that the district applies mill levy rates to. With that additional base of property value, the district can generate additional funds commensurate with the growth in properties and property values in the district.

  • Opponents Say

    There is a risk that cumulative property values go down in the district while student count stays flat or continues to rise, which would effectively decrease the amount collected for these projects.

  • Citizens Project Position

    No Position

Harrison School District 2 – 4E

  • Ballot Language

    SHALL EL PASO COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 2 (HARRISON) DEBT BE INCREASED $180 MILLION, WITH A REPAYMENT COST OF NOT MORE THAN $335 MILLION AND SHALL DISTRICT TAXES BE INCREASED NOT MORE THAN $16.2 MILLION ANNUALLY, AND SHALL SUCH DEBT BE ISSUED FOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PURPOSES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO: PROVIDING IMPROVEMENTS AND RENOVATIONS TO ALL EXISTING SCHOOLS AND FACILITIES; IMPROVING SECURITY, SAFETY, TECHNOLOGY, AND ADA COMPLIANCE AT ALL SCHOOLS AND FOR ALL STUDENTS; EXPANDING SOARING EAGLES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND SAND CREEK INTERNATIONAL ELEMENTARY TURNING EACH INTO K-8 SCHOOLS; BUILDING A NEW UP-TO-DATE FACILITY FOR CARMEL MIDDLE SCHOOL; AND THE DISTRICT SHALL ENSURE ACCOUNTABILITY WITH A CITIZENS OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE WHICH SHALL ANNUALLY REVIEW AND REPORT TO THE PUBLIC ON THE USE OF FUNDS; 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; AND SHALL THE DISTRICT'S DEBT LIMIT BE INCREASED FROM AN AMOUNT EQUAL TO 20% OF THE DISTRICT'S ASSESSED VALUE TO AN AMOUNT EQUAL TO 6% OF THE DISTRICT'S ACTUAL VALUE, AS CERTIFIED BY THE EL PASO COUNTY ASSESSOR 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?

  • Explained

    Shall Harrison School District incur a debt of $180 million (not to increase taxes more than $16.2 million per year) for capital improvements, including renovations, security, expansion, and new construction under the supervision of a citizen oversight committee.

  • A YES vote means

    Approval of a bond for debt in the amount of $180 million.

  • A NO vote means

    No Change

  • Supporters Say

    Infrastructure upgrades are necessary and further delay would only increase the costs. Expansion of the two elementary schools to K-8 campuses will allow better allocation of resources across all grades.

  • Opponents Say

    Property taxes would increase. There is no guarantee of increased academic achievement.

  • Citizens Project Position

    No Position

Manitou Springs District 14- 4F

  • Ballot Language

    MAY MANITOU SPRINGS SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 14 COLLECT THE PROPERTY TAX REVENUES PERMITTED BY C.R.S. 22-54-108 AS PREVIOUSLY APPROVED BY DISTRICT VOTERS IN 2015 NOT WITHSTANDING ANY MILL LEVY.

  • Explained

    This measure is for a voter-approved override to existing restrictions, allowing the district to raise and spend tax revenue in excess of the existing levy as approved in 2015.

  • A YES vote means

    An override of spending restrictions as permitted by Colorado statute.

  • A NO vote means

    No Change

  • Supporters Say

    This simply allows the school district to collect and use the funds that have already been approved.

  • Opponents Say

    There is no organized opposition to this measure.

  • Citizens Project Position

    No Position