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.

Allow Recreational Marijuana Sales

Allow Recreational Marijuana Sales

City of Colorado Springs

Shall the ordinances of the City of Colorado Springs be amended to:
- Authorize the regulation of retail/recreational marijuana establishments in the same manner as medical marijuana;
- Repeal the prohibition against retail/recreational establishments; and
- Authorize medical marijuana establishments to also be licensed as retail/recreational marijuana establishments without raising the cap on the number of locations set forth in City Code §2.2.104?

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 Tax on Recreational Marijuana

Sales Tax on Recreational Marijuana

City of Colorado Springs

SHALL CITY TAXES BE INCREASED $5,600,000 ANNUALLY BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2023, AND BY WHATEVER AMOUNTS ARE RAISED IN YEARS THEREAFTER, BY INCREASING THE RATE OF SALES TAX ON THE SALES OF RETAIL/RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA WITHIN THE CITY OF COLORADO SPRINGS BY A RATE OF 5%, SOLELY FOR THE PURPOSE OF FUNDING PUBLIC SAFETY PROGRAMS, MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES, AND POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER TREATMENT PROGRAMS FOR VETERANS; AND SHALL THE CITY 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?

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

Home Rule Charter

Home Rule Charter

Town of Monument

Shall the proposed charter, as drafted by the Town of Monument Home Rule Commission, be adopted as the home Rule Charter for the Town of Monument?

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

Public Safety Property Tax Increase

Public Safety Property Tax Increase

City of Fountain

SHALL CITY OF FOUNTAIN TAXES BE INCREASED BY AN ESTIMATED $1.7 MILLION ANNUALLY BY INCREASING THE CITY'S EXISTING PROPERTY TAX BY 6.1 MILLS TO BE USED EXCLUSIVELY FOR PUBLIC SAFETY BY HIRING SIX (6) ADDITIONAL FIREFIGHTER/EMT PERSONNEL AND SIX (6) ADDITIONAL POLICE OFFICERS TO:
- STAFF AN ADDITIONAL FIRE STATION AND OPERATE AN ADDITIONAL AMBULANCE;
- IMPROVE COMMUNITY RESPONSE TIMES, SUSTAIN CURRENT STAFFING LEVELS, AND INCREASE TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT;
- EXPAND SCHOOL SAFETY PROGRAMS AND INVESTIGATIONS INTO SEX TRAFFICKING AND PREVENT CHILD SEX CRIMES;
AND TO BE USED TO ENHANCE ALL EXISTING FIRST RESPONDER SAFETY, TO IMPROVE RECRUITMENT, RETENTION AND TRAINING, AND TO SUPPORT MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS;
AND SHALL THE REVENUE RAISED BY SUCH MILL LEVY INCREASE TO BE COLLECTED AND SPENT BY THE CITY CONSTITUTE A VOTER-APPROVED REVENUE CHANGE AND AN EXCEPTION TO AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE REVENUE AND SPENDING LIMITS OF ARTICLE X, SECTION 20 OF THE COLORADO CONSTITUTION OR ANY OTHER LAW?

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

Property Tax Increase for General Municipal Purposes

Property Tax Increase for General Municipal Purposes

Town of Palmer Lake

SHALL THE TOWN OF PALMER LAKE TAXES BE INCREASED BY NOT MORE THAN $1,343,000 IN TAX COLLECTION YEAR 2023 AND BY WHATEVER ADDITIONAL AMOUNTS ARE GENERATED ANNUALLY THEREAFTER BY INCREASING THE GENERAL OPERATION MILL LEVY FOR GENRAL MUNICIPAL PURPOSES BY 15 MILLS FROM THE CURRENT 11.238 MILLS NOT TO EXCEED 26.238 MILLS IF BALLOT QUESTION RELATING TO OPERATION OF RETAIL MARIJUANA PASSES , OR BY 30 MILLS NOT TO EXCEED 41.238 MILLS IF SUCH BALLOT QUESTION DOES NOT PASS?

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.

Recreational Marijuana

Recreational Marijuana

Town of Palmer Lake

Shall the Town of Palmer Lake enact an ordinance permitting operation of not more than two (2) regulated retail marijuana stores in existing marijuana business location within the Town?

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.

Extend the fifty-five percent of the one-cent sales tax for transportation capital improvements for a period of 10 years.

Extend the fifty-five percent of the one-cent sales tax for transportation capital improvements for a period of 10 years.

Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (PPRTA)

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

Lewis-Palmer School District 38

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 Infrastructure Improvements and elementary school expansion

Hanover School District 28

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?

Mill Levy

Ellicott School District 22

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 Measure

Fremont School District RE-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?

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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Bond Measure

Calhan School District RJ-1

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?

 

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.

Extend the fifty-five percent of the one-cent sales tax for transportation capital improvements for a period of 10 years.

Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (PPRTA)

WITHOUT INCREASING TAXES, SHALL THE EXISTING 0.55% (FIFTY-FIVE ONE HUNDREDTHS OF ONE PENNY PER DOLLAR) PIKES PEAK RURAL TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY'S (PPRTA) SALES TAX AND USE TAX, WHICH SUNSETS ON DECEMBER 31, 2024, BE EXTENDED TO SUNSET DECEMBER 31, 2034 FOR THE PURPOSES OF FUNDING REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS (100% OF NET REVENUE) AS SPECIFIED IN THE FOLLOWING VOTER-APPROVED LIST OF SPECIFIC REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS PROJECTS AS HEREBY AMENDED (ballot then lists projects, see PPRTA web site for list of projects)?