2021 Ballot Measures

Ballot language for measures specific to El Paso County and all municipalities, school districts and special districts within El Paso County participating in the coordinated election can be found on the County Sample Ballot.

Additionally, the following districts have independent elections (meaning a separate ballot and separate election administration from the county)
Hancock Metro District 2

Gold Hill Mesa North Metro District Nos. 1 and 2

Ellston Park Metro District

 

Colorado State

Ballot language, explanations and fiscal information for all state level ballot measures can be found in the Blue Book.

News and Opinion articles can be found on the Research page.

For full text of state ballot measures, see the Blue Book.

Constitutional amendments require 55% of the vote to pass.

Statutory changes (propositions) require a majority vote.

Legislative Authority For Spending State Money

Legislative Authority For Spending State Money

Constitutional

Placed on ballot by Citizen Initiative

Shall there be an amendment to the Colorado Constitution and a change to the Colorado Revised Statutes concerning money that the state receives, and, in connection therewith, requiring all money received by the state, including money provided to the state for a particular purpose, known as custodial money, to be subject to appropriation by the general assembly after a public hearing; repealing the authority to disburse money from the state treasury by any other means; requiring all custodial money to be deposited into the newly created custodial funds transparency fund and the earnings on those deposits to be transferred to the general fund; and allowing the state to retain and spend all custodial money and earnings and revenue on that custodial money as a voter- approved revenue change?

For full text of state ballot measures, see the Blue Book.

Constitutional amendments require 55% of the vote to pass.

Statutory changes (propositions) require a majority vote.

Learning Enrichment and Academic Progress Program

Learning Enrichment and Academic Progress Program

Statutory

Placed on ballot by Citizen Initiative

Shall state taxes be increased $137,600,000 annually on retail marijuana sales by a change to the colorado revised statutes concerning the creation of a program to provide out-of- school learning opportunities for colorado children aged 5 to 17, and, in connection therewith, creating an independent state agency to administer the program for out-of-school learning opportunities chosen by parents; funding the program by increasing the retail marijuana sales tax by 5% by 2024 and reallocating a portion of the public school lands income; authorizing transfers and revenue for program funding as a voter-approved revenue change; specifying that learning opportunities include tutoring and extra instruction in subjects including reading, math, science, writing, music, and art, targeted support for children with special needs and learning disabilities, career and technical education training, and other academic or enrichment opportunities; and prioritizing program financial aid for low- income students?

For full text of state ballot measures, see the Blue Book.

Constitutional amendments require 55% of the vote to pass.

Statutory changes (propositions) require a majority vote.

Proposition 120: Property Tax Assessment Rate Reduction

Proposition 120: Property Tax Assessment Rate Reduction

Statutory

Placed on ballot by Citizen Initiative

Shall there be a change to the Colorado Revised Statutes concerning property tax reductions, and, in connection therewith, reducing property tax revenue by an esmated $1.03 billion in 2023 and by comparable amounts thereafter by reducing the residential property tax assessment rate from 7.15% to 6.5% and reducing the property tax assessment rate for all other property, excluding producing mines and lands or leaseholds producing oil or gas, from 29% to 26.4% and allowing the state to annually retain and spend up to $25 million of excess state revenue, if any, for state fiscal years 2022-23 through 2026-27 as a voter-approved revenue change to offset lost revenue resulting from the property tax rate reductions and to reimburse local governments for revenue lost due to the homestead exemptions for qualifying seniors and disabled veterans?

 

El Paso County

Ballot measure information for  El Paso County and jurisdictions within El Paso County can be found in the El Paso County TABOR Notice. This information includes ballot language, fiscal information, and summaries for any comments collected. The Designated Election Official (DEO) for each jurisdiction is also listed in the TABOR notice. Collecting comments is not required by Colorado law and is done at the discretion of the DEO.

News and Opinion articles on these measures can be found on the Research page.

In El Paso County, a Home Rule county, measures may only be placed on the ballot (i.e. referred) by the County Commission.

TABOR Retention for Roadway and Parks Projects

TABOR Retention for Roadway and Parks Projects

Without imposing new taxes or raising tax rates, and understanding that approximately $7.1 million in excess 2020 county revenue will be refunded to property taxpayers regardless of whether this measure passes, shall El Paso County be permitted to retain and spend in the 2021 fiscal year and each year thereafter an amount of revenue that exceeds current tabor limitations but is no greater than the county revenue cap, which continues to limit future revenue growth as provided in resolution no. 21-330, provided that up to the first $15 million in additional revenue retained shall be used for the specific purposes of roadway improvements and preservation and parks projects?

 

Municipalities

Your ballot will only contain measures for the municipality (city or town) in which you reside.

Ballot measure information for  El Paso County and jurisdictions within El Paso County can be found in the El Paso County TABOR Notice. This information includes ballot language, fiscal information, and summaries for any comments collected. The Designated Election Official (DEO) for each jurisdiction is also listed in the TABOR notice. Collecting comments is not required by Colorado law and is done at the discretion of the DEO.

News and Opinion articles on these measures can be found on the Research page.

In El Paso County, a Home Rule county, measures may only be placed on the ballot by the County Commission.

Sales and Use Tax for Funding Municipal Operations

Sales and Use Tax for Funding Municipal Operations

Town of Ramah

Shall the town of Ramah taxes be increased by $20,000 annually (estimated first full fiscal year dollar increase) and by whatever additional amounts are received thereafter, by the levy of a two percent (2%) sales and use tax upon every transaction or other incident with respect to which a sales and use tax is levied by the state of Colorado within the town limits of Ramah commencing on January 1, 2022 for the purpose of funding general municipal operations, and shall the proceeds of such taxes and investment income thereon constitute voter-approved revenue changes and be collected, retained and spent by the town without regard to any expenditure, revenue-raising, or other limitation contained in article A, § 20 of the Colorado constitution or any other law?

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In El Paso County, a Home Rule county, measures may only be placed on the ballot by the County Commission.

Sales and Use Tax for Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority

Sales and Use Tax for Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority

Town of Calhan

Shall Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (a regional transportation authority) (PPRTA) taxes be increased $100,000 annually (estimated first full fiscal year dollar increase) and by whatever additional amounts are raised annually thereafter by levying a 1% (one penny per dollar) sales and use tax upon every transaction or other incident with respect to which a sales and use tax is levied by the state of Colorado within the town of Calhan (excluding purchases of food for domestic home consumption, prescription medications, residential utility bills, or other exempt transactions as detailed in articles 28 and 30, title 39, as amended, of the Colorado Revised Statutes), commencing on January 1, 2022, or on such later July 1 or January 1 occurring first after Calhan's admission into the PPRTA, and continuing until December 31, 2024, for the purposes of funding maintenance, repair, and operations for roadways and bridges (35% of net revenue), for improved transit service within the PPRTA's boundaries (10% of net revenue), with 55% of net revenue dedicated to specific regional roadway capital improvements previously designated by the PPRTA members, and no more than 1% of net revenue expended for administrative expenses, and after December 31, 2024, reducing the 1% sales and use tax to a .45% sales and use tax for each year thereafter for funding maintenance, repair, and operation of regional roadways and bridges (77.78% of net revenue) and for funding public transit services (22.22% of net revenue), with all revenues from such tax and other revenues of PPRTA being collected and spent each year without limitation by the revenue and spending limits of article x, §20 of the colorado constitution; and, pursuant to colorado revised statutes § 43-4-601, et seq., provided there is unanimous consent of PPRTA members, shall the boundaries of the PPRTA be expanded to include the corporate limits of the town of Calhan?

In El Paso County, a Home Rule county, measures may only be placed on the ballot by the County Commission.

Increase the Rate of Sales and Use Tax by .1% Dedicated to Trails, Open Space and Parks (TOPS)

Increase the Rate of Sales and Use Tax by .1% Dedicated to Trails, Open Space and Parks (TOPS)

City of Colorado Springs

Shall city taxes be increased $11,134,000 annually beginning January 1, 2022, and by whatever amounts are raised in years thereafter, by increasing the rate of sales and use tax dedicated to trails, open space and parks (tops) from its current rate of .1% (one tenth of a cent), or one (1) penny on every ten (10) dollar purchase, to .2% (two tenths of a cent), or two (2) cents on every ten (10) dollar purchase, except for purchases of prescription drugs, food, and other purchases exempted from sales tax, without changing the purposes which include:
1. Preserving fragile ecosystems, natural areas, scenic vistas and areas, fish and wildlife habitats and corridors, and important areas that support biodiversity, natural resources and landmarks;
2. Conserving natural resources such as water aquifer recharge areas, surface water, and forest lands;
3. Acquiring, developing and maintaining open space lands and trails; and
4. Acquiring, developing and maintaining parks;
With all expenditures based on recommendations of an advisory committee and subject to independent audit; with no more than five percent (5%) of revenues derived to be used for administration, planning and program management, and no more than twenty-five percent (25%) for maintenance and operations of all city parks, trails and open space lands, and the remaining revenue divided into forty percent (40%) used for acquisition, development and maintenance of all parks, thirty percent (30%) for acquisition, development and maintenance of all trails, and thirty percent (30%) for acquisition, development and maintenance of all open space lands, regardless of how acquired; and with the intent of the voters that monies derived from the increase should not offset any expenditures from the general fund; and extending the expiration of the tops sales and use tax to and until December 31, 2041; the above constituting a voter-approved revenue change and exception to any constitutional, statutory and charter revenue and spending limitations that may otherwise apply?

In El Paso County, a Home Rule county, measures may only be placed on the ballot by the County Commission.

TABOR Retention for Regional Wildfire Mitigation and Prevention Program

TABOR Retention for Regional Wildfire Mitigation and Prevention Program

City of Colorado Springs

Without imposing any new tax or increasing the rate of any existing tax, shall the city of Colorado Springs be permitted to retain and spend up to $20,000,000 to create a city-wide and regional wildfire mitigation and prevention program to be managed by the Colorado Springs Fire Department, this amount being the estimated 2021 revenues above the 2021 fiscal year revenue/spending limitations, and any future interest received thereon, of which no more than 5% of the balance of the fund will be spent annually, and for city fiscal year 2022 and thereafter, the amount allowed by city revenue and spending limitations shall be the total annual revenues received in 2021, adjusted in each fiscal year thereafter for inflation and city growth as provided by charter, as voter approved revenue changes and exceptions to any constitutional, statutory and charter revenue and spending limitations that may otherwise apply?

In El Paso County, a Home Rule county, measures may only be placed on the ballot by the County Commission.

TABOR Retention for Road Construction and Maintenance

TABOR Retention for Road Construction and Maintenance

Town of Monument

Shall the town of Monument, Colorado, without creating any new tax or increasing any current taxes, be authorized to collect, retain, and expend the full amount of town revenues generated from all sources, during fiscal years 2021 through 2028 with fiscal year 2028 dollar amounts used as the base upon which fiscal year 2029 limitations shall be calculated, without regard to the limitations of article X, section 20 of the Colorado constitution or C.R.S. Section 29-1-301, any excess amounts over the above limitations to be used exclusively for road construction and maintenance, such changes to constitute a voter approved revenue change?

In El Paso County, a Home Rule county, measures may only be placed on the ballot by the County Commission.

Sales Tax Increase for Funding Police Department

Sales Tax Increase for Funding Police Department

Town of Monument

Shall the town of Monument, Colorado, sales taxes be increased $1,650,000 in 2022 by the imposition of an additional sales tax of .50% (increasing the town's sales tax from 3% to 3.50%), commencing January 1, 2022; and thereafter shall the town of Monument be entitled to exclusively collect, retain, and spend the full revenues from such tax increase without contractual, statutory or constitutional limitation or condition, including local intergovernmental agreements, article X section 20 of the Colorado constitution, Colorado Revised Statutes §29-1-301, or any other law as it currently exists or as it may be amended in the future, such amounts to constitute voter approved revenue changes, and with such amounts to be used exclusively to provide dedicated funding for the town of Monument police department to pay for
1. The hiring, training, and employment of 8 more police officers to reduce call response times,
2. Overdue maintenance and replacement of patrol cars in the department fleet,
3. The hiring of a detective to handle sensitive issues like sexual assault and criminal case follow up on larger investigations,
4. A unit of special enforcement officers to focus on combating vehicle break-ins, drug dealing, residential burglaries and human trafficking,
5. The replacement of essential public safety equipment and the provision of enhanced police services?

In El Paso County, a Home Rule county, measures may only be placed on the ballot by the County Commission.

Convert from Statutory Rule to Home Rule

Convert from Statutory Rule to Home Rule

Town of Monument

Shall the town of Monument form a home rule charter commission?

 

School Districts

Your ballot will only contain measures put forth for school districts in which you reside, if any.

Ballot measure information for  El Paso County and jurisdictions within El Paso County can be found in the El Paso County TABOR Notice. This information includes ballot language, fiscal information, and summaries for any comments collected. The Designated Election Official (DEO) for each jurisdiction is also listed in the TABOR notice. Collecting comments is not required by Colorado law and is done at the discretion of the DEO.

News and Opinion articles on these measures can be found on the Research page.

Mill Levy to Provide Increases in Compensation for Teachers and Certain Staff

School District 49

Without imposing new taxes or raising tax rates, and understanding that approximately $7.1 million in excess 2020 county revenue will be refunded to property taxpayers regardless of whether this measure passes, shall El Paso County be permitted to retain and spend in the 2021 fiscal year and each year thereafter an amount of revenue that exceeds current tabor limitations but is no greater than the county revenue cap, which continues to limit future revenue growth as provided in resolution no. 21-330, provided that up to the first $15 million in additional revenue retained shall be used for the specific purposes of roadway improvements and preservation and parks projects?

Bond for Building Construction, Repair, and Improvement and Other Capitol Purchases

School District 11

Without imposing new taxes or raising tax rates, and understanding that approximately $7.1 million in excess 2020 county revenue will be refunded to property taxpayers regardless of whether this measure passes, shall El Paso County be permitted to retain and spend in the 2021 fiscal year and each year thereafter an amount of revenue that exceeds current tabor limitations but is no greater than the county revenue cap, which continues to limit future revenue growth as provided in resolution no. 21-330, provided that up to the first $15 million in additional revenue retained shall be used for the specific purposes of roadway improvements and preservation and parks projects?

Bond for Renovating, Remodeling and Repairing school buildings and acquiring additional equipment

School District 14

Without imposing new taxes or raising tax rates, and understanding that approximately $7.1 million in excess 2020 county revenue will be refunded to property taxpayers regardless of whether this measure passes, shall El Paso County be permitted to retain and spend in the 2021 fiscal year and each year thereafter an amount of revenue that exceeds current tabor limitations but is no greater than the county revenue cap, which continues to limit future revenue growth as provided in resolution no. 21-330, provided that up to the first $15 million in additional revenue retained shall be used for the specific purposes of roadway improvements and preservation and parks projects?

TABOR Retention

School District 2

Without imposing new taxes or raising tax rates, and understanding that approximately $7.1 million in excess 2020 county revenue will be refunded to property taxpayers regardless of whether this measure passes, shall El Paso County be permitted to retain and spend in the 2021 fiscal year and each year thereafter an amount of revenue that exceeds current tabor limitations but is no greater than the county revenue cap, which continues to limit future revenue growth as provided in resolution no. 21-330, provided that up to the first $15 million in additional revenue retained shall be used for the specific purposes of roadway improvements and preservation and parks projects?

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TABOR Retention

Joint School District 23JT (Peyton)

Without imposing new taxes or raising tax rates, and understanding that approximately $7.1 million in excess 2020 county revenue will be refunded to property taxpayers regardless of whether this measure passes, shall El Paso County be permitted to retain and spend in the 2021 fiscal year and each year thereafter an amount of revenue that exceeds current tabor limitations but is no greater than the county revenue cap, which continues to limit future revenue growth as provided in resolution no. 21-330, provided that up to the first $15 million in additional revenue retained shall be used for the specific purposes of roadway improvements and preservation and parks projects?

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Special Districts

Your ballot will only contain measures put forth for any special districts in which you reside, if any.

Ballot measure information for  El Paso County and jurisdictions within El Paso County can be found in the El Paso County TABOR Notice. This information includes ballot language, fiscal information, and summaries for any comments collected. The Designated Election Official (DEO) for each jurisdiction is also listed in the TABOR notice. Collecting comments is not required by Colorado law and is done at the discretion of the DEO.

News and Opinion articles on these measures can be found on the Research page.

Mill Levy for Hiring Firefighters and Paramedics and Replacing Equipment

Security Fire Protection District

Shall Security Fire Protection District taxes be increased $2,415,367 million annually (for collection in calendar year 2022) and by such additional amounts raised annually thereafter by an ad valorem property tax mill levy imposed at a rate of six and four-tenths (6.4) mills, to be used by the district for the purpose of providing proper fire protection, emergency response and safety for the residents, property owners, and businesses served by the district, including but not limited to:

- Adding firefighters and paramedics to improve response time and maintain emergency services district wide;

- Recruiting and retaining firefighters and paramedics; and

- Replacing emergency equipment and apparatus that have reached the end of their service life to maintain reliability and to protect first responders, and addressing unmet facility needs,

Which mill levy shall be in addition to the operating mill levy currently imposed by the district; and shall the revenue from the mill levy authorized above constitute a voter-approved revenue change and an exception to the limitations set forth in Section 29-1-301 of the Colorado Revised Statutes?

Creation of Colorado Springs Briargate General Improvement District

Briargate General Improvement District

Shall Colorado Springs Briargate General Improvement District 2021 taxes be increased $1,462,683 annually beginning January 1, 2022, and by whatever amounts are raised thereafter, by the imposition of a mill levy imposed on all taxable property located within the district of not more than 4.409 mills, solely for the purpose of funding the district's operations, maintenance, and other reasonable expenses, as may be determined by the district Board of Directors; and shall the district be permitted to collect, retain and spend all revenues derived therefrom as a voter-approved revenue change and exception to any constitutional, statutory and city charter revenue and spending limitations which may otherwise apply:

- And with the intent of the voters that monies derived from the tax increase serve as an alternative to and replacement for the Briargate Special Improvement Maintenance District mill levy so that the properties currently paying the Briargate Special Improvement Maintenance District mill levy will not see an overall increase in taxes; and

- Any future increase in the proposed district's mill levy will require future voter approval;

And shall Colorado Springs Briargate General Improvement District 2021 be organized?

 

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FAQs

 

Measure vs. Issue vs. Question - What do These Terms Mean?

The term ballot measure includes issues and questions. A ballot issue is any measure that is TABOR related. A ballot questions is any measure that is not TABOR related.

What is an Amendment vs a Proposition?

An amendment is a ballot measure that, if passed, will change the Colorado constitution.  An amendment requires 55% of the vote to pass.

A proposition, if passed, will change Colorado statutory law. A proposition requires a majority of the vote to pass.

What is an Initiative and What is a Referendum?

An initiative is ballot measure that was initiated by the people and gotten on the ballot through signature collection.

A referendum is a ballot measure that is referred to the people by a governing body such as the state legislature, city government or the county commission.

Where do I find Information about State Amendments and Propositions?

In the Blue Book, which can also be found on the Colorado Secretary of State website.

Where Can I Find Information About Local Ballot Measures?

In the El Paso County TABOR Notice, which can also be found on the El Paso County Clerk & Recorder's Election website.

Why is the Ballot Language for Some Measures Capitalized?

The ballot language for TABOR measures are required by law to be in full capitalization.