2021 Denver election data, nationwide vote

Ballot papers have been sent to registered voters and must be returned by election day Tuesday November 2nd. Below are summaries and stories of the three statewide ballot problems and 13 Denver ballot problems.

Voting in Colorado

Amendment 78: Initiative to approve custody funds

summary Amendment 78 will ask voters if they should require the Colorado Legislature to approve the issuance of all state funds, including what is known as “custody”.

Proposal 119: Create an after-school education program and initiative to increase the sales tax on marijuana

summary Proposition 119 will ask Colorado’s constituents on Nov. 2 whether to raise the state recreational marijuana sales tax to raise approximately $ 137 million annually for after-school education programs for children ages 5-17 – with priority given to children low-income households.

Proposal 120: Lower property tax rates and withhold $ 25 million in the TABOR Surplus Revenue Initiative

summary Proposal 120 aims to lower property tax rates for homes and businesses. The measure would reduce the residential property tax rate from 7.15% to 6.5% and the non-residential property tax rate from 29% to 26.4%.

Election campaign in Denver

Question 2A: Denver Facilities System Bonds

summary Question 2A is a $ 104 million bond for Denver facility projects such as repairs and enhancements at the Denver Botanic Gardens, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the Bonfils Theater Complex, and the Denver Zoo; two new libraries; Renovation of a city center to empower youth; and accessibility improvements for city buildings.

Question 2B: Denver Housing and Sheltering System Bonds

summary Question 2B is a $ 38.6 million bond for housing and protection projects such as building or renovating shelter for the homeless. City officials could also use the money to buy buildings or convert buildings into housing.

Question 2C: Denver Transportation and Mobility System Bonds

summary Question 2C is a $ 63.3 million borrowing for transportation projects such as Denver sidewalks; Renovating existing bike paths and adding new ones; Rebuilding sections of the Morrison Road corridor to add a culture and arts district; and the construction of a city path in the city center.

Question 2D: Denver Parks and Recreation System Bonds

summary Question 2D is a $ 54 million bond for park projects in northeast and south Denver; Restoration of sports fields and fields; Replacement of playground and leisure equipment; and rebuilding the Mestizo Curtis Park pool.

Question 2E: National Western Campus Facilities System Bonds

summary Question 2E is a $ 190 million loan to build a new arena on the National Western Center campus and renovate the existing 1909 building.

Question 2Q: Safe and healthy

summary When the Denver City Council approved new group living rules for the city in February that allowed up to five unrelated people to live in a single house, Safe and Sound Denver refused to move. Now the group is calling on voters to overturn the Council’s decision. The vote to lift group housing conversion would also undo the city council’s decision to expand the number of available plots in the city for apartment buildings halfway that were previously only allowed in industrial areas.

Question 2G: Filling future positions for independent monitor

summary The Office of the Independent Monitor is responsible for overseeing all disciplinary investigations by the Denver police force and sheriff’s departments, recommending policy changes, and investigating other incidents, such as the police’s handling of George Floyd’s protests in the year 2020. The position is currently appointed by the Mayor, but this move would place that appointment in the hands of the honorary Citizen Oversight Board instead.

Question 2H: Change of election day

summary The measure proposed by Denver Clerk and Recorder Paul Lopez would postpone 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 bureau’s office more time to send postal ballot papers to people living or traveling abroad in the event of a runoff in June.

Ordinance 300: Pandemic Research Fund

summary This move would increase Denver’s local marijuana sales tax from 10.3% to 11.8%, by around $ 7 million annually for the University of Colorado’s Denver CityCenter, the university’s partnership with the city and local businesses, to collect. The money would be used to research technology that could be used to keep people safe during a pandemic and other preparation and recovery methods. Three quarters of the money would be spent on research into personal protective equipment, disinfection and sterilization technology, and design features of physical spaces. The remaining neighborhood would be for 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 Open Areas

summary This measure would require voter approval before construction of commercial or residential buildings on parks or city-owned land that falls under a listed easement could begin. This includes the 155 acre Park Hill Golf Course property on which the developers and property owners of Westside Investment Partners plan to build.

Ordinance 302: Maintenance easement

summary A countermeasure to the Parks and Open Space measure. This measure was proposed by Westside Investment Partners and would change the definition of “conservation easement” to apply only to those who have been reviewed and approved by the state conservation department. This would effectively enable development on the Park Hill Golf Course property currently covered by an easement.

Ordinance 303: Let’s do it better

summary This 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 land that require amenities like running water, toilets, and lighting. The measure would require city officials to enforce the camping ban within three days of receiving a complaint and would allow people to sue the city if they fail to clean up the camp.

Ordinance 304: enough taxes already

summary This measure, also proposed by Flicker, would limit Denver’s total sales and use tax rate to 4.5% from the current 4.81%. It would also require the city to cut all other new sales and use taxes if voters approve new ones above that 4.5% cap.

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

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