2019 Coordinated Election Ballot Issues
State Ballot Issues

Proposition CC

  • Explained

    Without raising taxes, Proposition CC would allow the state to retain excess revenue to invest in public education and transportation, instead of refunding a nominal amount to each taxpayer.

  • A YES vote

    supports allowing the state to retain excess revenue and invest in public education and transportation.

  • A NO vote

    supports no added investment in public education and transportation.

  • Supporters say

    Without raising taxes Proposition CC provides more money for critical investment in Colorado's infrastructure and public education. Proposition CC simply allows the state to keep the money it collects.

  • Opponents say

    Proposition CC erodes taxpayer protections established in TABOR.

  • Citizens Project position

    Citizens Project supports Proposition CC, which facilitates equitable state funding for public education and other public services.

  • Ballot Language

    WITHOUT RAISING TAXES AND TO BETTER FUND PUBLIC SCHOOLS, HIGHER EDUCATION, AND ROADS, BRIDGES, AND TRANSIT, WITHIN A BALANCED BUDGET, MAY THE STATE KEEP AND SPEND ALL THE REVENUE IT ANNUALLY COLLECTS AFTER JUNE 30, 2019, BUT IS NOT CURRENTLY ALLOWED TO KEEP AND SPEND UNDER COLORADO LAW, WITH AN ANNUAL INDEPENDENT AUDIT TO SHOW HOW THE RETAINED REVENUES ARE SPENT?

Proposition DD

  • Explained

    Authorizes regulation of sports betting in Colorado and taxes licensed casinos to fund the State Water Plan and gambling addiction services.

  • A YES vote

    means sports betting will be legal and taxed in the state, with revenue being used to fund water projects and water-related obligations and pay for the regulation of sports betting, a hold harmless fund, and gambling addiction services

  • A NO vote

    supports no change, which means that sports betting will remain illegal in the state and sports betting activities will not be regulated or taxed.

  • Supporters Say

    Revenue from taxes on legalized sports betting would help protect the state's water resources.

  • Opponents Say

    DD will not adequately fund Colorado's water needs and also will not adequately fund gambling addiction services.

  • Ballot Lanuguage

    SHALL STATE TAXES BE INCREASED BY TWENTY-NINE MILLION DOLLARS ANNUALLY TO FUND STATE WATER PROJECTS AND COMMITMENTS AND TO PAY FOR THE REGULATION OF SPORTS BETTING THROUGH LICENSED CASINOS BY AUTHORIZING A TAX ON SPORTS BETTING OF TEN PERCENT OF NET SPORTS BETTING PROCEEDS, AND TO IMPOSE THE TAX ON PERSONS LICENSED TO CONDUCT SPORTS BETTING OPERATIONS?

City of Colorado Springs Ballot Issues

Colorado Springs Ballot Issue 2B

  • Summary

    2B would allow the City of Colorado Springs to retain 2018 excess tax revenue and invest in parks, sports and cultural facilities, and trail improvements.

  • A YES vote

    supports the City of Colorado Springs in retaining excess collected revenue to improve designated parks, sports, and trails improvements.

  • A NO vote

    supports refunding a nominal amount of money, about $31 per household, to each taxpayer, with no added investment in parks, sports/cultural facilities, and trail improvements.

  • Supporters say

    2B provides an important $7 million to improve safety and quality of our city parks. This contributes to Colorado Springs' national reputation for being a top place to raise a family and live.

  • Opponents say

    The parks department is adequately funded and the citizens need tax relief.

  • Ballot Language

    WITHOUT IMPOSING ANY NEW TAX OR INCREASING THE RATE OF ANY EXISTING TAX, SHALL THE CITY OF COLORADO SPRINGS BE PERMITTED TO RETAIN AND SPEND UP TO $7,000,000, THE ESTIMATED 2018 FISCAL YEAR REVENUE ABOVE THE 2018 FISCAL YEAR REVENUE AND SPENDING LIMITATIONS, SOLELY FOR THE FOLLOWING PARKS, SPORTS AND CULTURAL FACILITIES AND TRAIL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS LOCATED WITHIN THE CITY OF COLORADO SPRINGS: • REPAIR, RESTORATION AND IMPROVEMENTS TO ACACIA, ANTLERS, MONUMENT VALLEY, PALMER AND PANORAMA PARKS • REPAIR, RESTORATION AND IMPROVEMENTS TO ALAMO SQUARE/PIONEERS MUSEUM • REPAIR, RESTORATION AND IMPROVEMENTS TO COTTONWOOD CREEK BASEBALL FIELDS, LEON YOUNG SPORTS COMPLEX, BOULDER PARK SPORTS COURTS AND THORNDALE PARK SPORTS COURTS • TRAIL IMPROVEMENTS TO HOMESTEAD, MESA, SANDCREEK AND LEGACY LOOP TRAILS • REPAIR AND REPAVING OF EVERGREEN AND FAIRVIEW CEMETERY PARKING AREAS • PREPARATION OF COMMUNITY PARK MASTER PLAN FOR COLEMAN PARK , AS A VOTER APPROVED REVENUE CHANGE AND EXCEPTION TO ANY CONSTITUTIONAL, CHARTER, OR CITY ORDINANCE OR CODE LIMITATIONS THAT MAY OTHERWISE APPLY?

Colorado Springs Ballot Issue 2C

  • Summary

    Renews a sales tax of .57% to fund road improvements in the City of Colorado Springs, to sunset in 2025.

  • A YES vote

    supports the renewal of a sales tax to fund road improvements.

  • A NO vote

    allows the original tax to sunset in 2020.

  • Supporters say

    The original 2C has provided essential funding for the reconstruction of Colorado Springs roads. There is much more work to be done to bring our roads to desired levels. This tax extension will allow the city of continue this important work on residential streets.

  • Opponents say

    2C is a tax increase and a sales tax. Colorado Springs citizens pay enough in taxes to pay for infrastructure needs.

  • Ballot Language

    WITHOUT IMPOSING ANY NEW TAX OR INCREASING THE RATE OF ANY EXISTING TAX, SHALL THE EXISTING TEMPORARY SALES AND USE TAX AUTHORIZED EXCLUSIVELY FOR ROAD REPAIRS AND IMPROVEMENTS, AT A RATE REDUCED FROM 0.62% (6.2 PENNIES ON $ 10 PURCHASE) TO 0.57% (5.7 PENNIES ON A $10 PURCHASE), BE EXTENDED FOR A FIVE-YEAR PERIOD AFTER ITS CURRENT EXPIRATION ON DECEMBER 31, 2020 TO AND UNTIL DECEMBER 31, 2025, WITH ALL REVENUES DERIVED THEREFROM TO BE PLACED IN A DEDICATED FUND TO BE EXPENDED ONLY UPON ROAD REPAIRS AND IMPROVEMENTS WITHIN THE CITY, INCLUDING RESIDENTIAL STREETS, PARK AND CITY GOLF COURSE ACCESS ROADS AND CEMETERY ROADS, AND ROAD RECONSTRUCTION WHERE SEVERE DETERIORATION DOES NOT ALLOW REPAIR, AS A VOTER APPROVED REVENUE CHANGE AND EXCEPTION TO REVENUE, SPENDING AND OTHER LIMITATIONS WHICH WOULD OTHERWISE APPLY UNDER SECTION 7-90 OF THE CITY CHARTER, ARTICLE X, SECTION 20 OF THE COLORADO CONSTITUTION, CITY ORDINANCES, OR ANY OTHER LAW?

City of Manitou Springs Ballot Issues

Manitou Springs Ballot Issue 2D

  • Explained

    Would raise sales and use tax in Manitou Springs by .3%, expiring in 2035, to be granted to arts and heritage entities within Manitous Springs.

  • A YES vote

    supports increasing sales tax to invest in arts and heritage in Manitou Springs.

  • A NO vote

    retains the current sales tax rate in Manitou Springs.

  • Supporters say

    No official comments were received.

  • Opponents say

    No official comments were received.

  • Ballot Language

    SHALL THE CITY OF MANITOU SPRINGS SALES AND USE TAX BE INCREASED BY AN ESTIMATED $400,000 ANNUALLY IN THE FIRST FULL FISCAL YEAR COMMENCING JANUARY 1, 2020 AND EXPIRING DECEMBER 31, 2035, AND BY WHATEVER AMOUNTS ARE RAISED ANNUALLY IN EACH SUBSEQUENT YEAR, PROVIDING FOR AN INCREASE IN THE CITY’S SALES TAX RATE FROM 3.6% TO 3.9% AND THE CITY’S USE TAX RATE FROM 3.5% TO 3.8%, SUCH ADDITIONAL 3/10THS OF 1% IN TAX REVENUE TO BE COLLECTED RETAINED AND SPENT AS A VOTER APPROVED REVENUE CHANGE NOTWITHSTANDING ANY REVENUE OR EXPENDITURE LIMIT CONTAINED WITHIN ARTICLE X, SECTION 20 OF THE COLORADO CONSTITUTION, OR ANY OTHER LAW, 66% OF THE PROCEEDS OF SUCH INCREASE TO BE ALLOCATED TO A SPECIAL FUND, SUBJECT TO APPROPRIATION BY THE CITY COUNCIL, FOR FACILITY IMPROVEMENTS AND OPERATIONS AT THE CARNEGIE BUILDING, MANITOU ART CENTER, MANITOU SPRINGS HERITAGE CENTER, MIRAMONT CASTLE, AND THE HIAWATHA GARDENS PROPERTY AND THE REMAINING 34% OF THE PROCEEDS OF SUCH INCREASE TO BE ALLOCATED TO A SPECIAL FUND, FOR DISTRIBUTION BY THE CITY COUNCIL THROUGH AWARDS AND GRANTS TO FOSTER THE ARTS, CULTURE AND HERITAGE WITHIN THE CITY OF MANITOU SPRINGS?

2019 Manitou Springs Ballot Issue 2E

  • Explained

    Authorizes the City of Manitou Springs to retain collected revenue and spend the funds for public improvements.

  • A YES vote

    supports authorization for the City of Manitou Springs to retain and spend excess revenue.

  • A NO vote

    supports no change.

  • Ballot Language

    WITHOUT ANY INCREASE IN TAXES OR THE ISSUANCE OF ANY NEW DEBT, SHALL THE CITY OF MANITOU SPRINGS BE AUTHORIZED TO RETAIN AND EXPEND WITHOUT LIMITATION ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY TWO THOUSAND NINE HUNDRED TWELVE DOLLARS ($182,912.00) IN EXCESS REVENUE REMAINING IN THE CITY'S DOWNTOWN PUBLIC FACILITIES FUND, WHICH WAS RECEIVED BY THE CITY FROM THE SALES AND USE TAXES LEVIED BY THE CITY PURSUANT TO BALLOT ISSUE 2A PASSED BY THE CITY'S REGISTERED ELECTORS ON NOVEMBER 4, 2003; PROVIDED THAT THE FUNDS SHALL BE USED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION, REPAIR, MAINTENANCE, AND REPLACEMENT OF PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS IN THE CITY'S DOWNTOWN AREA?

Lewis-Palmer School District 38 Issue 4A

Lewis-Palmer School District 38 Ballot issue 4A

  • Explained

    4A authorizes a $28.985 million bond to fund a new elementary school to alleviate overcrowding in current schools and allow for growth in the district.

  • A YES vote

    supports funding the bond at an estimated cost of $35 per month for the average business owner.

  • A NO vote

    supports no change in funding for D38 schools.

  • Supporters say

    This bond will fund a much-needed 650-seat elementary school and restore Bear Creek Elementary to functioning as a middle school. The district is growing at a rapid rate and this will address overcrowding.

  • Opponents say

    Building one school is not enough to address projected growth. Current capacity can be handled with additional portable classrooms.

  • Ballot Language

    SHALL LEWIS-PALMER CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 38 DEBT BE INCREASED NOT MORE THAN $28.985 MILLION, WITH A REPAYMENT COST OF NOT MORE THAN $45.25 MILLION, AND SHALL DISTRICT TAXES BE INCREASED NOT MORE THAN $6.510 MILLION ANNUALLY, SOLELY FOR THE PURPOSE OF: CONSTRUCTING AND EQUIPPING A NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN JACKSON CREEK; 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 PRIOR REDEMPTION 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 ICONSISTENT 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?