2020 Colorado Ballot Measures
Amendment B Repeals Gallagher Amendment
A Yes vote for Amendment B would repeal the Gallagher Amendment to the Colorado Constitution. The Gallagher Amendment currently requires residential property taxes to equal 45% of the total share of property taxes and nonresidential property taxes to equal 55%, but non-residential property has to stay at 29% of the total collected property tax, so residential property taxes fluctuate. Got it? I know! Super confusing!!
In Colorado, the value of home prices has been going up faster than the value of nonresidential property. That has led the tax assessment rate for homes to drop over time, meaning homeowners often see lower property tax bills after each two-year reassessment cycle.
When the Gallagher Amendment was adopted in 1982, 21% of the value of a home was taxed. The current tax assessment rate for residential property is 7.15%.This has meant mostly a decrease in residential property tax over the years since Gallagher went into effect. That might sound good, but because of that, the state government, counties, municipalities, and many small districts such as local fire departments and libraries are not able to maintain current levels of important services due to ever decreasing revenue levels. Gallagher is bad for Colorado. Finally we have a chance to repeal it.
Amendment C Changes charitable gaming license requirements
Nonprofits must be in existence for five years before they can get a bingo-raffle license. Amendment C could cut that to three years.
It’s puzzling why this is in our constitution, but it is. Amendment C is the only ballot measure this year that requires more than a simple majority to pass. It requires a 55% Yes vote to pass.
Amendment 76 Only a citizen of the us can vote
Would remove the right of a citizen to participate in voting in a primary if they will turn 18 before the next general election. Let’s continue the practice of allowing young people to get involved in shaping the world that they will inherit! It won’t affect very many people: only those who turn 18 between the primary and the general election on presidential election years.
Amendment 77 Allows specific cities to vote to expand gaming and bet limits
Let the folks in those towns vote to decide if they want betting limits.
No mention is made about the effect of this amendment on Southwest Colorado’s tribal casinos, but past legal interpretations have found any loosening of state law on gaming for the Central City, Black Hawk and Cripple Creek casinos also applies to the tribal casinos.
Proposition EE Increases taxes on tobacco and vaping for education and health
A Yes vote for Proposition EE would raise taxes by up to $294 million annually by imposing a tax on nicotine liquids, e-cigarettes and other vaping products that is equal to the state tax on traditional tobacco products. The tax would be phased in incrementally.
If Colorado imposes taxes for cigarettes, it is fair that similar products also be taxed. The new taxes would fund preschool programs, rural schools, K-12 education, affordable housing, rental assistance, eviction legal assistance, health care programs, general state spending on tobacco education programs.
Proposition 113 Joins National popular Vote Interstate Compact
Gives Colorado the ability to give all its nine electoral votes to the candidate winning the most votes in the US. If Colorado becomes a member of the NPVIC and if the compact goes into effect, Colorado will give all nine of its Electoral College votes to the presidential candidate winning the most votes nationwide (the winner of the national popular vote.) Currently, Colorado’s nine Electoral College votes must go to the presidential candidate receiving the most votes in Colorado.
The compact would go into effect only if states representing 270 Electoral College votes adopt it. Currently, 14 states and Washington, D.C. – 187 Electoral College votes total – have passed legislation to join the compact. We’re getting close! Let’s add Colorado to the tally.