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MEASURES REFERRED BY STATE LEGISLATURE
AMENDMENT D – GRANDFATHER JUDICIAL RESIDENCE CHANGE TO JD 18 & JD 23
Requires 55% Approval because it changes the state constitution
The Colorado Legislature split the current 18th Judicial into two districts in [HB20-1026]. The 23rd Judicial District will consist of Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln counties and Arapahoe County will remain in the 18th. This change was made because (1) the size of JD 18 was large enough to create significant caseload and access to justice issues; and (2) communities of color in Arapahoe were not well represented under the old configuration. The bill is already law. Amendment D, is a conforming amendment to the Colorado Constitution to address the residency of the existing judges, namely to grandfather them in and give them an opportunity to establish residency in the new districts. Text of legislative bill (PDF)>>
AMENDMENT E – EXTEND HOMESTEAD TO MILITARY SPOUSES
Requires 55% approval because it adds language to the state constitution
Current law gives a property tax Homestead Exemption for qualifying seniors and veterans. This measure would extend the benefit to Gold Star Spouses, who are the widows and widowers of veterans killed in the line of duty or as a result of service-related injury or disease. Text of legislative bill (PDF) >>
AMENDMENT F – GAMING
Requires 55% approval because it adds language to the state constitution
The Colorado Democratic Party has taken NO POSITION on this proposed ballot measure as our Platform does not address gaming policies in the State of Colorado and passage or defeat of this measure does not fall under our core values. Text of legislative bill (PDF)>>
PROPOSITION FF – FOOD, NUTRITION & HUNGER
Requires simple majority approval because it adds language to the state statutes
This measure helps fund hunger programs in Colorado, support Colorado food growers, increases support for food workers and creates food nutrition advisory groups to guide healthier food options. Text of legislative bill (PDF)>>
PROPOSITION GG – FINANCIAL IMPACT TRANSPARENCY ON BALLOT MEASURES
Requires simple majority approval because it adds language to the state statutes.
This measure would provide a tax table for future tax-related ballot measures to show the economic distribution of the impact of the tax policy change to help voters see the impact of the proposed measure. Text of legislative bill (PDF)>>
STATEWIDE MEASURES PETITIONED ON TO THE BALLOT
INITIATIVE #121 – INCOME TAX REDUCTION
The measure reduces the state income tax rate from 4.55 percent to 4.40 percent for tax year 2022 and all later tax years. This rate applies to the Colorado taxable income of individuals and corporations. The measure would decrease state General Fund revenue by an estimated $572.1 million in FY 2022-23 and $397.9 million for FY 2023-24, with ongoing decreases in later years
resulting in half a billion dollars dollars lost for our kids, teachers, and the programs they need to thrive. Text of legislative bill (PDF)>>
The Colorado Democratic Party OPPOSES Initiative 31. According to Greater Education Colorado:
The top 1% of taxpayers would receive more in tax reductions than the bottom ⅔ of Colorado taxpayers combined.
The initiative would cut the equivalent of 7,000 teacher salaries.
Kids will lose music programs, career tech, reading support, sports, and vital mental health services (over and above losses schools have already suffered).
INITIATIVE #122 – NATURAL MEDICINE HEALTH ACT
The initiative would decriminalize the personal use and possession (for adults age 21 and older) of the following hallucinogenic/entheogenic plants and fungi, which are currently classified as Schedule I controlled substances under state law: dimethyltryptamine (DMT); ibogaine; mescaline (excluding peyote). It also purports that these hallucinogens are natural medicine and could be helpful in treating mental health disorders. The Colorado Democratic Party has taken NO POSITION on this Initiative. You can read differing perspectives in this article.
INITIATIVE #123 – DEDICATED INCOME TAX FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING
This measure creates a dedicated portion (0.01%) of income tax to go to a statewide affordable housing fund that will be used to award grants and provide rental assistance to people in Colorado. Full text of legislative bill (PDF)>>
INITIATIVES #124, 125, and 126 – LIQUOR MEASURES
Initiative #124 increases the number of liquor licenses in the state
Initiative #125 adds the ability to sell wine in grocery and convenience stores likely to the detriment of individually owned liquor stores but appreciated by some consumers
Initiative #122 allows the delivery of alcohol.
You can learn more about the potential impacts of this bill here >>
Eagle County Ballot Issue 1A - Lodging Tax to Support Local Workforce
Eagle County faces a persistent and severe lack of quality and affordable childcare and housing for our local workforce. Supporting Eagle County’s workers is critical to both our quality of life and the economy of our communities. Historically, lodging tax revenue was restricted to advertising and marketing for tourism purposes. During this legislative session,
counties were granted the authority to use such revenue for childcare and housing for the tourism-related workforce. We are now in a position to support our local workforce without having this tax borne by the workforce. Instead, this tax would be paid by out-of-town visitors and offset the impacts caused by a tourism-based economy.
Formation of Eagle Valley Transportation Authority
This Ballot Measure will appear on voters' ballots as a different number depending on whether someone lives in a municipality, or in unincorporated Eagle County.
Eagle County Ballot Issue 1B
Town of Minturn Ballot Issue 2A
Town of Gypsum Ballot Issue 2B
Town of Eagle Ballot Issue 2C
Town of Avon Ballot Issue 2G
Town of Vail Ballot Issue 2H
Town of Red Cliff Ballot Issue 2F
Beaver Creek Metropolitan District Ballot Issue 6A
The RTA plan was led and initiated by the business community and is a true grassroots effort developed with extensive input from local officials, businesses, employees, nonprofits, and community members. The RTA’s goals are focused on improving transit options to help get workers to their jobs, seniors to medical appointments and shopping, and kids to school and recreational activities. Those goals will be addressed through the following services:\
Fare-free transit service to reduce traffic congestion and parking demands from Edwards to Vail, including Avon, Beaver Creek, Minturn and Eagle-Vail.
Fare-free transit service between Eagle and Gypsum through a circulator to better connect those communities and to access ECO Transit.
Express ECO Transit service at peak workforce commute hours.
Improved transit facilities, including affordable workforce housing for transit employees.
Zero-emissions and low-emission conversions of ECO Transit’s buses and future environmental improvements for transit in the valley.
Improved first-and-last mile solutions to increase access to bus routes.
Year-round, lower cost flight options for residents at Eagle County Airport.
Learn more at YES for Transit>>