2020 General Election El Paso County and Local Ballot Measures
A note on Colorado Springs Ballot Issues 2B and 2C: These ballot issues are two different proposed solutions to the conveyance of parkland (transfer of ownership). Either issue must receive 50% (plus one vote) to be passed. If both pass the issue with the most total votes will become law. If neither measure receives a majority of votes, current standards for conveyance of parkland will remain (simple majority vote by Colorado Springs City Council).

2020 CO Springs 2A TABOR Revenue Retention

  • Summary

    Under TABOR, revenue and spending limitations are based upon the prior year’s revenues. The COVID-19 pandemic has reduced City revenue, which will limit future revenue growth. Issue 2A seeks to do two things. First, TABOR limitations will be based on 2019 revenues, rather than 2020. Second, allow the City to retain and spend to retain and spend $1.9 Million (approximately $8 per taxpayer), for public safety (police and fire departments only).

  • A Yes vote

    Supports the City of Colorado Springs in retaining excess revenue for use toward public safety (police and fire) and allows city budgets of upcoming years to have revenue caps not limited by the fiscal constraints of 2020.

  • A No vote

    Supports refunding a nominal amount of money per household rather than retaining funds for police and fire, and keeps the TABOR basis at 2020’s reduced revenue.

  • Supporters say

    The ratchet down effect of TABOR in 2020 due to COVID will take many years to recover from and will be devastating for growth. The retained $1.9M will allow for funding of needed police and fire services.

  • Opponents say

    Some oppose this ballot measure because they want to retain their tax dollars. Others oppose this measure because they are concerned about the revenue being allocated to public safety rather than other public services.

  • Ballot Language

    WITHOUT IMPOSING ANY NEW TAX OR INCREASING THE RATE OF ANY EXISTING TAX, AND TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE MUNICIPAL SERVICES AFTER THE ECONOMIC DISRUPTION CAUSED BY THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, SHALL THE CITY OF COLORADO SPRINGS BE PERMITTED: TO RETAIN AND SPEND UP TO $1,900,000, THE AMOUNT OF CITY REVENUES RECEIVED IN FISCAL YEAR 2019 ABOVE THE 2019 FISCAL YEAR REVENUE AND SPENDING LIMITATIONS, SOLELY FOR PUBLIC SAFETY; FOR FISCAL YEAR 2020, TO COLLECT, RETAIN AND SPEND THE FULL AMOUNT OF CITY REVENUES RECEIVED FROM ALL SOURCES; AND FOR FISCAL YEAR 2021 AND THEREAFTER, TO COLLECT, RETAIN AND SPEND THE AMOUNT ALLOWED BY REVENUE AND SPENDING LIMITATIONS WHICH SHALL BE BASED UPON THE TOTAL ANNUAL REVENUES RECEIVED IN FISCAL YEAR 2019 AND PROPERTY TAX REVENUES RECEIVED IN 2020, ADJUSTED IN EACH FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING IN 2021 AND THEREAFTER ONLY FOR INFLATION AND CITY GROWTH OCCURRING IN THE PRIOR FISCAL YEAR AS PROVIDED BY CHARTER WHICH CONTINUES TO LIMIT FUTURE REVENUE GROWTH; ALL AS VOTER APPROVED REVENUE CHANGES AND EXCEPTIONS TO ANY CONSTITUTIONAL OR CHARTER LIMITATIONS THAT MAY OTHERWISE APPLY?

Colorado Springs Ballot Issue 2B: Parkland Conveyances By Election of the Voters

  • Summary

    Requires the city to gain voter approval for parkland conveyance (transfer of ownership).

  • A Yes vote

    Supports requiring the voters of Colorado Springs to approve sale, trade, and ownership of parkland rather than elected officials.

  • A No vote

    Supports City Council in having the authority to transfer of ownership of parklands.

  • Supporters say

    Our parklands are too important to allow elected officials to decide when to sell them and voters should approve each proposed sale/transfer.

  • Opponents say

    This measure goes too far. Requiring a public vote will require the city to wait until an election to make decisions regarding conveyance and will cost money.

  • Ballot Language

    SHALL THE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF COLORADO SPRINGS BE AMENDED TO ADD SECTION 11-80 THERETO, REQUIRING THAT SPECIFIED CONVEYANCES OF CITY-OWNED PARKLAND ONLY BE PERMITTED UPON A REFERRAL BY A SUPER-MAJORITY OF NOT LESS THAN SEVEN (7) MEMBERS OF CITY COUNCIL TO A VOTE OF A MAJORITY OF VOTES CAST AT A GENERAL OR SPECIAL ELECTION OF THE QUALIFIED ELECTORS OF THE CITY, AND PROVIDING EXCEPTIONS TO THE ELECTION REQUIREMENT ONLY FOR CONVEYANCES WHICH ARE JUDICIALLY ORDERED, RESULT FROM EMINENT DOMAIN, TITLE DISPUTES OR REGULATORY ACTIONS, CONSIST OF LEASES, TEMPORARY PERMITS, EASEMENTS OR CONSERVATION EASEMENTS, AND DE MINIMIS CONVEYANCES; PROVIDED THAT, IF THIS CHARTER AMENDMENT AND ANOTHER CHARTER AMENDMENT WHICH SUBSTANTIALLY PERTAINS TO CONVEYANCES OF CITY-OWNED PARKLAND ARE BOTH APPROVED BY VOTERS AT THIS ELECTION, ONLY THE MEASURE RECEIVING THE MOST AFFIRMATIVE VOTES SHALL BECOME EFFECTIVE?

Colorado Springs Ballot Issue 2C: Parkland Conveyances By Super-Majority of City Council

  • Summary

    Amends City Charter to require that parkland conveyances (transfer of ownership) must be passed by a supermajority vote of City Council (7 of 9 votes).

  • A Yes vote

    Supports increasing the requirement for parkland conveyance votes by City Council to a super majority vote by (7 of 9). City Council retains the authority to make decisions on sale and trade of parklands.

  • A No vote

    Keeps the requirement for a 5-4 vote of City Council or, if 2B passes with more votes than 2C, gives the vote to the people.

  • Supporters say

    City Councilmembers should be given the flexibility to quickly make decisions regarding parkland conveyances. Requiring voter approval may take too much time to seize on opportunities for conveyance of public land, and elections incur costs whereas a vote by City Council does not.

  • Opponents say

    Voters should have choice over our parklands because in the past, politicians have moved too quickly on conveying parklands to private entities, selling public lands which we will never get back. The process for relinquishing parklands from public control should include the people who own the land, not simply elected officials.

  • Ballot Language

    SHALL ARTICLE III, SECTION 3-70 OF THE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF COLORADO SPRINGS BE AMENDED TO REQUIRE THAT SPECIFIED CONVEYANCES OF CITY-OWNED PARKLAND ONLY BE PERMITTED UPON THE APPROVAL OF NOT LESS THAN A SUPER-MAJORITY OF SEVEN (7) MEMBERS OF CITY COUNCIL, AND PROVIDING EXCEPTIONS TO THE SUPER-MAJORITY APPROVAL REQUIREMENT ONLY FOR CONVEYANCES WHICH ARE AUTHORIZED BY THE VOTERS, JUDICIALLY ORDERED, RESULT FROM EMINENT DOMAIN, TITLE DISPUTES OR REGULATORY ACTIONS, CONSIST OF LEASES, TEMPORARY PERMITS, EASEMENTS OR CONSERVATION EASEMENTS, AND DE MINIMIS CONVEYANCES; PROVIDED THAT, IF THIS CHARTER AMENDMENT AND ANOTHER CHARTER AMENDMENT WHICH SUBSTANTIALLY PERTAINS TO CONVEYANCES OF CITY-OWNED PARKLAND ARE BOTH APPROVED BY VOTERS AT THIS ELECTION, ONLY THE MEASURE RECEIVING THE MOST AFFIRMATIVE VOTES SHALL BECOME EFFECTIVE?

Town of Palmer Lake Ballot Question 2D

  • Summary

    Removes the requirement for the town to publish proceedings in the newspaper and instead post on the Town’s website.

  • A Yes vote

    Supports publishing proceedings related to payments of bills, contracts awarded, and rebates allowed online instead of in the newspaper.

  • A No vote

    Maintains the requirement to publish proceedings in the newspaper.

  • Supporters say

    This measure saves money in publication costs for the Town of Palmer Lake.

  • Opponents say

    This measure decreases transparency around payment of bills, contracts awarded, and rebates allowed, by limiting the publication sites for this information.

  • Ballot Language

    In order to save money on the cost of publication, shall the Town be authorized not to publish in the newspaper its proceedings related to payments of bills, contracts awarded and rebates allowed, with such information instead being posted to the Town's official website?

Town of Monument Ballot Issue 2E

  • Summary

    Increases Town sales tax from 3.0% to 3.5% to increase police funding.

  • A Yes vote

    Supports an increase in taxes in order to further fund Monument Police.

  • A No vote

    Supports no change in taxes or increased funding for Monument Police.

  • Supporters say

    Monument Police need increased staffing in response to a population increase in the town.

  • Opponents say

    The increase in taxes is too high. Other public services should receive funding to protect public safety through measures such as improved housing, education, healthcare, jobs, and infrastructure.

  • Ballot Language

    SHALL TOWN OF MONUMENT SALES AND USE TAXES BE INCREASED $1,400,000 IN 2021 (FIRST FULL FISCAL YEAR DOLLAR INCREASE) AND BY WHATEVER ADDITIONAL AMOUNTS ARE RAISED ANNUALLY AND THEREAFTER BY THE IMPOSITION OF AN ADDITIONAL SALES AND USE TAX OF 0.50% (INCREASING THE TOWN'S SALES TAX AND USE TAX FROM 3% TO 3.50%), FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING DEDICATED FUNDING FOR THE EXCLUSIVE USE OF THE TOWN OF MONUMENT POLICE SERVICES, TOWN OF MONUMENT POLICE PROGRAMS, AND TOWN OF MONUMENT POLICE FACILITIES, WITHOUT CUTTING OR REDUCING CURRENT TOWN OF MONUMENT POLICE FUNDING LEVELS, INCLUDING: LAW ENFORCEMENT OPERATIONS AND OPERATIONAL EXPENSES, ESSENTIAL POLICE CAPITAL MAINTENANCE AND EQUIPMENT, PURCHASE AND REPLACEMENT OF OFFICER SAFETY AND EMERGENCY-RESPONSE EQUIPMENT, AND OFFICER TRAINING AND COMPLIANCE REQUIREMENTS; COMMENCING JANUARY 1, 2021; AND THEREAFTER SHALL THE TOWN OF MONUMENT BE ENTITLED TO EXCLUSIVELY COLLECT, RETAIN, AND SPEND THE FULL REVENUES FROM SUCH TAX INCREASE WITHOUT CONTRACTUAL, STATUTORY OR CONSTITUTIONAL LIMITATION OR CONDITION, INCLUDING LOCAL INTERGOVERNMENTAL AGREEMENTS, ARTICLE X, SECTION 20 OF THE COLORADO CONSTITUTION, COLORADO REVISED STATUTES §29-1-301, OR ANY OTHER LAW AS IT CURRENTLY EXISTS OR AS IT MAY BE AMENDED IN THE FUTURE AND WITHOUT LIMITING IN ANY YEAR THE AMOUNT OF OTHER REVENUES THAT MAY BE COLLECTED AND SPENT BY THE TOWN FOR THE EXCLUSIVE USE OF THE TOWN OF MONUMENT POLICE SERVICES, TOWN OF MONUMENT POLICE PROGRAMS, AND TOWN OF MONUMENT POLICE FACILITIES, AND FURTHER PROVIDED THAT THE TOWN MANAGER SHALL ANNUALLY REPORT TO THE TOWN BOARD OF TRUSTEES THE EXPENDITURES DEMONSTRATING THE EXCLUSIVE USE OF THE FUNDS FOR TOWN OF MONUMENT POLICE SERVICES, TOWN OF MONUMENT POLICE PROGRAMS, AND TOWN OF MONUMENT POLICE FACILITIES FOR WHICH THE REVENUES FROM THE TAX INCREASE HAVE BEEN DESIGNATED OR USED IN THE PRECEDING CALENDAR YEAR?

Town of Monument Ballot Question 2F

  • Summary

    Moves Monument’s regular municipal election from April to November in even-numbered years to enable Monument to be included in the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder coordinated election.

  • A Yes vote

    Supports moving Monument’s regular municipal election from April to November in even-numbered years.

  • A No vote

    Supports no change in Monument’s current elections calendar.

  • Supporters say

    Moving Monument’s regular election from April to November will allow the Town to be included in the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder’s coordinated election. This will reduce the burden on Town staff, possibly result in cost savings to the Town, and will also likely increase voter turnout.

  • Opponents say

    No change is needed.

  • Ballot Language

    Shall the Town of Monument's Regular Elections be moved from the first Tuesday of April in each even-numbered year to the Tuesday succeeding the first Monday of November in each even-numbered year?

Colorado Springs School District 11 Ballot Issue 4A

  • Summary

    Allows Colorado Springs School District 11 to collect, retain, and spend all revenue received from any source.

  • A Yes vote

    Allows District 11 to obtain funding from any source as allowed under Colorado law.

  • A No vote

    Does not allow District 11 to obtain funding from any source and current funding mechanisms for the district remain in place.

  • Supporters say

    Allows District 11 to obtain funding from a variety of sources which provides more financial strength for the district and supports strong public schools in our community.

  • Opponents say

    No change is needed.

  • Ballot Language

    WITHOUT INCREASING EXISTING TAX RATES, SHALL SCHOOL DISTRICT 11 BE AUTHORIZED TO COLLECT, RETAIN, AND SPEND THE FULL REVENUES THAT MAY LAWFULLY BE RECEIVED BY THE DISTRICT FROM ANY SOURCE, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, ALL GRANT MONEYS, AND ALL OTHER MONEYS LAWFULLY RECEIVED BY THE DISTRICT FROM THE STATE OF COLORADO OR ANY OTHER SOURCE, BEGINNING WITH FISCAL YEAR 2019-20 AND CONTINUING THEREAFTER, WITH SUCH REVENUES TO BE COLLECTED, RETAINED OR SPENT AS A VOTER-APPROVED REVENUE CHANGE AND AN EXCEPTION TO THE LIMITS WHICH WOULD OTHERWISE APPLY UNDER SECTION 20 OF ARTICLE X OF THE COLORADO CONSTITUTION OR ANY OTHER LAW?