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Denver 2021 election information, statewide voting metrics

Ballots have been mailed to registered voters and must be returned no later than Election Day, Tuesday, November 2, 2021. Below are summaries and stories about the three voting issues at the statewide and 13 voting issues in Denver.

Colorado voting measures

Amendment 78: Trust Fund credits initiative

Summary Amendment 78 asks voters whether to require the Colorado legislature to approve the spending of all state money, including what is known as “custody money.”

Proposition 119: Creation of an after-school education program and initiative to increase the sales tax on marijuana

Summary Proposition 119 asks voters to decide whether to increase the state’s recreational marijuana sales tax to raise about $ 137 million per year for after-school educational programs for children ages 5 to 17 – with priority for children from low-income households.

Proposition 120: Reduce property tax rates and retain $ 25 million in the TABOR surplus revenue initiative

Summary Proposition 120 seeks to lower property tax rates on homes and businesses. The measure would reduce the residential property tax assessment rate from 7.15% to 6.5% and the non-residential property tax assessment rate from 29% to 26.4%.

Denver voting metrics

Question 2A: Denver Facilities System Obligations

Summary Issue 2A is a $ 104 million bond measure for Denver’s facility projects, such as repairs and upgrades to the Denver Botanical Gardens, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Bonfils Theater Complex and the Denver Zoo; two new libraries; the renovation of a city-owned youth empowerment center; and improving accessibility to city buildings.

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Question 2B: Obligations of the Denver Housing and Accommodation System

Summary Question 2B is a $ 38.6 million bond measure for housing and shelter projects like building or renovating shelters for the homeless. City officials could also use the money to buy buildings or convert structures into shelters.

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Question 2C: Obligations of the Denver Transportation and Mobility System

Summary Issue 2C is a $ 63.3 million bond measure for transportation projects like the Denver sidewalk expansion; renovate existing cycle paths and add new ones; rebuilding sections of the Morrison Road Corridor to add a cultural and arts district; and the construction of an urban path in the city center.

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Question 2D: Denver Parks and Recreation System Obligations

Summary The 2D issue is a $ 54 million bond measure for the parks projects northeast and south of Denver; restoration of sports grounds and fields; replacement of play and leisure equipment; and the reconstruction of the Mestizo-Curtis park swimming pool.

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Question 2E: Obligations of the National Western Campus Facilities System

Summary Issue 2E is a $ 190 million bond measure to build a new arena on the National Western Center campus and to renovate the existing 1909 building.

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Question 2F: safe and sound

Summary When Denver City Council approved new group living rules for the city in February allowing up to five unrelated people to live in one home, Safe and Sound Denver opposed the move. Now the group is asking voters to repeal the council’s decision. Voting to repeal the group life change would also reverse the council’s decision to increase the number of plots available in the city for halfway houses, which previously were only allowed in industrial estates.

Question 2G: Filling future vacancies for an independent observer

Summary The Office of the Independent Observer is responsible for overseeing all disciplinary investigations in the Denver Police and Sheriff’s Departments, recommending policy changes and investigating other incidents such as how police handled George Floyd protests in 2020. The position is currently appointed by the mayor, but this move would instead place that appointment in the hands of the volunteer Citizen Oversight Board.

Question 2H: Modification of polling day

Summary Moved by Denver Clerk and Recorder Paul Lopez, the measure would move the city’s general election from the first Tuesday in May in odd years to the first Tuesday in April. The move would give the clerk’s office more time to send postal ballots to people traveling or living abroad in the event of a runoff in the June elections.

Ordinance 300: Pandemic Research Fund

Summary The move would increase Denver’s local sales tax on marijuana from 10.3% to 11.8% with the goal of raising about $ 7 million per year for the University of Colorado Denver CityCenter, the university’s partnership. with the city and local businesses. The money would be used to research technology that could be used to keep people safe during a pandemic and other methods of preparedness and recovery. Three-quarters of the money would be spent on researching personal protective equipment, disinfection and sterilization technologies, and design features of physical spaces. The remaining quarter would be devoted to public policy research and planning. No more than 8% of the money raised by the tax increase could be spent on administrative expenses.

Ordinance 301: Parks and green spaces

Summary This measure would require voter approval before any commercial or residential construction can begin on parks or city-owned land covered by a conservation easement. This would include ownership of the 155-acre Park Hill Golf Course, where the developers and owners of Westside Investment Partners want to build.

Order 302: Conservation easement

Summary A tailor-made measure Parks and open spaces. This measure was proposed by Westside Investment Partners and would change the definition of “conservation easement” to only apply to those reviewed and approved by the State Conservation Division. This would effectively allow development on the Park Hill golf course property, currently covered by an easement.

Order 303: Let’s do better

Summary The measure, proposed by Garrett Flicker, chairman of the Denver Republican Party, would prohibit anyone from camping on private property without written permission from the owners. It would also allow sanctioned campsites in up to four locations on public property, requiring amenities such as running water, toilets and lighting. The measure would force city officials to enforce the camping ban within three days of receiving a complaint and allow people to sue the city if it fails to clear the camp.

Ordinance 304: Enough Taxes Already

Summary Also proposed by Flicker, the move would cap Denver’s overall sales and use tax rate at 4.5%, down from 4.81% currently. It would also force the city to cut any other new sales and use taxes if voters approve new ones above that 4.5% cap.

The text of the Colorado voting measures was written by journalists Saja Hindi and Alex Burness; the text for the Denver voting measures was written by reporters Conrad Swanson and Joe Rubino.