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2012 General Election Ballot Guide: Colorado

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Statewide Measures

  • ( - ) Colorado voters will weigh in on Amendment 65, which would urge state legislators to support changes in the State’s policy on limiting corporate contributions and expenditures in elections. This measure would also urge Members of Congress to pass an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to overrule the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. Citizen activists   are concerned that weakening the ability of businesses to participate in  the political process could deprive the fiscal policy debate of important views and thereby give an unfair advantage to those with agendas to expand government.

Arapahoe County

Local Measures

  • ( - ) Voters in Cherry Creek will weigh in on Measure 3A, the Cherry Creek School District Levy Increase, which would raise local taxes by $25 million to pay for school operating costs.
  • ( - ) Voters in the Cherry Creek School District will vote on Measure 3B, which would allow the local government to issue $125 million in new debt for school building additions and technological upgrades.

Boulder County

Local Measures

  • ( - ) Voters in Longmont City will weigh in on a measure that would ban fracking within city limits. This measure is also on the ballot in Wells County.

Denver County

Local Measures

  • ( - ) In the City of Denver, voters will decide on a measure that would allow the local government to keep property tax refunds that would otherwise be distributed to residents.

Eagle County

Local Measures

  • ( - ) Voters in the Eagle River Fire District will vote on a measure that would raise property taxes by approximately $2.7 million to pay for fire protection services.

El Paso County

Countywide Measures

  • ( - ) Ballot Question 1A would increase sales taxes in El Paso County by approximately $17 million annually to pay for expanded law enforce- ment expenses.
  • ( + ) Voters in El Paso County will decide on Ballot Question 1B, which would reduce term limits on County Commissioners from 3 terms to 2 terms.

Local Measures

  • Voters will weigh in on Measure 5A, which would raise revenue for the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority by extending a sales tax surcharge that is currently scheduled to expire at the end of 2014.
  • ( )  Measure 2C in the City of Manitou Springs would allow funds already approved by the voters in 1997 for improvements to property on El Paso Boulevard to be also used for general parks and recreation purposes.
  • ( - ) Voters in the Town of Calhan will weigh in on Measure 2A, which would raise sales taxes by approximately $50,000 annually to pay for road maintenance.
  • ( - ) In the City of Manitou Springs, voters will decide on Measure 2B, which would raise property taxes by approximately $240,000 a year to merge the Manitou Springs Library with the Pikes Peak Library District.
  • ( - )  In the City of Fountain, voters will weigh in on Measure 2D, which would increase property taxes to construct, equip, and maintain a new fire station.
  • ( - ) Measure 4A will allow voters to decide on a proposed property tax increase of approximately $11.8 million per year in the Southwestern Highway 115 Fire District. If approved, the additional tax revenues would be used for salaries and expenses.
  • ( - ) Measure 5B would increase property taxes in the Security Fire District to pay for salaries and operating expenses.
  • ( - ) Voters in the Tri-Lakes Fire Protection District will vote on Measure 5C, which would increase property taxes by approximately $1 million annually to pay for fire protection services.

Garfield County

Countywide Measures

  • ( - )  Voters in Garfield County will weigh in on the Garfield County Open Space Conservation Question, which would raise the sales tax by approximately $2 million per year to create open lands programs.

Local Measures

  • ( - )  Voters in Rifle City will vote on a proposed 21 percent increase in the local sales tax. If approved, these additional funds would be used to repay a loan from the Colorado Water and Power Development Authority.

Jefferson County

Countywide Measures

  • ( - ) In Jefferson County, voters will weigh in on Issue 3A, which would raise property taxes by $39 million a year to fund general school needs.
  • ( - ) Jefferson County voters will vote on Issue 3B, which would allow the local government to issue new debt in the amount of $99 million for capital improvement projects.

Wells County

Local Measures

  • ( - ) Voters in Longmont City will weigh in on a measure that would ban fracking within city limits. This measure is also on the ballot in Boulder County.