JUC and the Jeffco League of Women Voters hosted a Tabor Relief Forum on Saturday, October 12, 2019. Video and the slides from the event are below.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 5!

What’s on the November 2019 Ballot?

Colorado Proposition CC

Retain revenue for education and transportation

“Without raising taxes and to better fund public schools, higher education, and roads, bridges, and transit, within a balanced budget, may the state keep and spend all the revenue it annually collects after June 30, 2019, but is not currently allowed to keep and spend under Colorado law, with an annual independent audit to show how the retained revenues are spent?”

  • Current state limits stifle business development and hinder the economic mobility of all Coloradans
  • Though Colorado regularly ranks among the top economies in the country, investment in our K-12 public schools and teachers consistently ranks near the bottom
  • Voters will still be asked to approve state tax increases in the future
  • Taxpayer cost for Jeffco to retain revenue is:
    • $6 per month for single filers
    • $10 per month for joint filers with adjusted gross income between about $85K and $132K

For a faith-based perspective, learn more at the Together Colorado website.

Pledge to Be a Public Education Voter

Jeffco Ballot Question 1A

Retain revenue for public safety, roads, and essential countywide services

“Without creating any new tax or increasing the current authorized maximum county Mill Levy of 21.478 without further voter approval, shall Jefferson County be permitted to retain and spend or reserve all revenues received during 2020 and expiring after 2026 (7 years),…”

To avoid a serious budget crisis and keep Jeffco safe and strong!

  • Let Jeffco retain revenue to fund public safety, roads, and essential services without creating any new taxes
  • If Jeffco 1A does not pass, Jeffco will need to cut expenses by $16.1 million in 2020, a 7% cut for all departments
  • 51 of 64 counties have previously received voter permission to permanently retain revenue above state limits
  • Jeffco 1A has a seven-year sunset for TABOR relief related to property taxes
  • Taxpayer cost for Jeffco to retain revenue is:
    • $9 per month for households
    • $53 per month for medium-sized businesses

The Jefferson County government website has lots of information.

Colorado Proposition DD

Authorize and tax sports betting

“Shall state taxes be increased by twenty-nine million dollars annually to fund state water projects and commitments and to pay for the regulation of sports betting through licensed casinos by authorizing a tax on sports betting proceeds, and to impose the tax on sports betting of ten percent of net sports betting proceeds, and to impose the tax on persons licensed to conduct sports betting operations?”

Jeffco Public Schools—School Board:

Information about candidates.

Director District 3 Candidates (4-year term)

Stephanie Schooley 

Robert Applegate

Director District 4 Candidates (4-year term)

Joan Chávez-Lee

Susan Miller 

Municipal Elections:

Arvada 

Edgewater

Golden

Lakewood

Wheat Ridge

Want to Learn about TABOR?

In 1992 Colorado voters approved the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR), a state constitutional amendment designed to restrain growth in government. Lack of state investment in education, transportation, and housing are having consequences felt by all Coloradans.

TABOR applies to all levels of government in Colorado: state, cities, counties, school districts, and special districts.

One of the provisions of TABOR is to require that the state refund excess revenue collected over the TABOR limit or cap.

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from Colorado Office of State Planning and Budgeting

What is de-Brucing?

When voters let a governmental entity eliminate the revenue limit so it can retain and spend all or part of the revenue it collects.

TABOR in Jeffco

  • Jeffco has not eliminated their TABOR limit
    • Jeffco Public Schools and Jefferson County Public Library have both eliminated their TABOR limit
  • 51 out of 64 other Colorado counties have obtained voter approval to eliminate their TABOR cap and are able to retain and spend their excess revenue
  • Jeffco has hit their TABOR cap each year since 2015
  • Jeffco refunds TABOR excess revenue in the form of a mill levy reduction on property taxes
  • When Jeffco reaches its TABOR revenue limit, it is forced to either reject state grant dollars or cut from other programs. These rejected grant dollars (state tax dollars that WE paid) are then given to other counties that are not under the same restrictions, and they are able to enhance their programs and services. This makes Jeffco a donor county.

Some Resources about TABOR:

Colorado Public Radio: The Taxman—How Douglas Bruce and The Taxpayer’s Bill Of Rights Conquered Colorado

Bell Policy Center: About That “Taxman” Podcast…

Colorado Fiscal Institute: How TABOR’s Revenue Cap Works

Bell Policy Center: Colorado’s Fiscal Thicket

Legislative Council Staff: TABOR

Colorado Fiscal Institute: TABOR and Constitutional Issues

Bell Policy Center: TABOR: Restrictive Tax Policy Holds Colorado Back

Great Education Colorado: TABOR/Gallagher FAQs

Denver Post: TABOR FAQ: Colorado’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights Explained

Colorado Sun: TABOR

What CAN You Do?

1. CHECK YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION (and encourage others)…it’s EASY!

Go to GoVoteColorado.com

  • Check your information
  • Update your information
  • Register to vote

Registro de votante en el internet

2. BE INFORMED

Attend our event: TABOR Relief Public Forum

Visit our JUC CAN table on Sundays.

Visit the League of Women Voters Election Information Website.

Attend Forums for Candidates:

Jeffco PTA School Board Candidate Forum

Wednesday, September 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Lakewood High School (9700 W 8th Ave.)

State of Jeffco Schools and Q&A with Dr. Jason Glass followed by a school board candidate forum.

Visit the League of Women Voters of Jefferson County website.

3. VOTE!

You CAN make a difference!

Election Day is Tuesday, November 5

This election is an all-mail ballot. Ballots will be mailed to all registered voters in mid-October.

Ballots can be issued by the county clerk to any eligible voter who requests one in-person starting on Friday, October 4.

Jefferson County Election Office

Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Need an Absentee Ballot?

Register and request your absentee ballot.

  • Need to submit a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA).
  • Ballots must be sent by 7:00 p.m. (Colorado time) on Tuesday, November 5.
  • Ballots must be received by your local Colorado county election office no later than the 8th day after the election.

Election FAQs

Q. When is the deadline to register to vote?

A. You can register to vote and vote in-person at a voter service and polling center in your county anytime through 7 p.m. on Election Day (Tuesday, November 5).

Jeffco Voting Service and Polling Centers 

Q. How do I vote in Colorado?

A. All voters receive ballots in the mail. You can send your ballot by mail (be sure to affix adequate postage) or use 24-hour ballot drop boxes. Postmarks do not count; ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on Election Day (Tuesday, November 5) in order to be counted.

Q. Do I need identification if I vote in-person?

A. Yes. Most voters use their Colorado driver’s license or Colorado ID. Other forms of identification are listed here.

Q. When I vote and show an ID, does the address on my ID need to match my voter registration?

A. If you show ID that has an address on it, the address must be in Colorado but it does not have to match your voter registration.

Q. Can I register or vote if I don’t have an ID?

A. If you want to register to vote or vote on Election Day, but do not have verifiable identification, you may vote a “provisional ballot.” After Election Day, the election official will review the provisional ballot to verify your eligibility to vote. If you are eligible, your ballot will be counted.

Q. Can I get time off from my job to vote?

A. Yes. By law, a voter may get time off without loss of pay if they do not have sufficient time outside of regular working hours to vote. See Colorado Revised Statutes Section 1-7-102 for details.

Q. Will I still be able to vote if I am in line past 7 p.m. on Election Day?

A. Voters who are in line at their polling location by 7 p.m. are allowed to vote no matter how long it takes for each person to cast their ballot.