Listed below are the recommended positions on ballot measures as evaluated by the Eagle County and Colorado Democratic Parties. Note that there are some we did not take a position on. We encourage voters to do their own research on the pros and cons of each measure and to make their own educated decisions. You can find non-partisan arguments on either side of each measure in the Colorado Blue Book for state issues, and the Eagle County TABOR Notice for tax-related county and local issues.
Amendment B – Repeal Gallagher
Vote “YES” to repeal the “Gallagher Amendment of 1982,” which limits residential and non-residential property tax assessment rates by requiring residential property taxes to comprise 45% of the total share of state property taxes and non-residential property taxes to comprise 55% of the total share of state property taxes. This permanent, artificial ratio means that, as Colorado residential property values rise, residential assessment rates drop – this year alone, they’ll automatically drop from 7.15% to 5.82% this year, leading to a $490m loss in state revenue. Voting “yes” will freeze residential assessment rates at their current 7.15% (unless changed by the legislature), to avoid exacerbating the already drastic COVID recessionary cuts to everything we care about like education and health care.
Amendment 76 – Deceptive Citizenship Requirement
This measure makes an unnecessary change to the state constitution, removing the guarantee that “every citizen” who is 18 years old will have the right to vote, to instead read that “only a citizen” of the U.S. who is 18 years old or older can vote in federal, state, and local elections. It would also overturn a law that allows 17-year-olds to vote in a primary election if they’ll be turning 18 by the date of the next general election.
Proposition EE – Tobacco Tax for Education
This measure increases taxes on tobacco, creates a new tax on nicotine products like e-cigarettes, and dedicates funds raised to education (to public schools to offset COVID losses) and health programs.
Proposition #113 – National Popular Vote
Colorado passed a “national popular vote” measure just two years ago, to include Colorado in the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact that would award Colorado’s electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote, something that would functionally abolish the electoral college after a few more states join the compact. This is on the ballot again as a result of a R-led petition drive. By voting “YES,” you’ll affirm the 2019 law and stop this end-run around what a majority of Coloradans have already decided – that EACH PERSON’s VOTE should count in this state, and ultimately in this country, so as to give real meaning to the fundamental premise of one person, one vote.
Proposition #115 – Cruel Abortion Ban
This is the fourth time since 2008 that Colorado voters have faced an assault on abortion access. Coloradans have consistently trusted pregnant women and their families to make personal decisions about their pregnancies. Prop 115 would ban abortion after 22 weeks with no exceptions for rape, incest, fetal diagnoses or the health of the mother, making the woman’s life the only exception. Doctor’s violating this provision would be subjected to an automatic 3-year suspension.
Proposition 116 – Regressive Tax Cut
This measure, which would decrease the state income tax rate from 4.63% to 4.55% would demand another $154 million in state budget cuts, in this pandemic year in which our state has already had to cut $3.3 billion in vital programs. Not only would passage of this measure be detrimental to education and other public services, but the majority of this measure’s $90m in savings would go to the top 3% of Colorado earners.
Proposition #117 – TABOR 2.0
“Fee-funded enterprises” are one of the only current exceptions to TABOR that allows us to pay for key public services like health care and roads/bridges. Passing this measure would make the damage to public funding wrought by TABOR much worse by potentially limiting the creation of these vital “enterprises,” and it would also erode the power of representative government by restricting what our state legislators can do to fund and to run Colorado.
Proposition #118 – Paid Family & Medical Leave Act
This measure establishes a paid family and medical leave program in Colorado to provide 12 weeks (with up to 16 weeks for pregnancy or childbirth complications) of paid leave (with a maximum benefit of $1,100 per week) funded through a payroll tax to be paid for by employers and employees in a 50/50 split.
Ballot issue 1A – Gallagher Relief
The Gallagher Amendment has forced our county to make do with less revenue over time. 1A would allow our county to maintain existing levels of state revenue (by imposing mill levy to maintain the current rate of county funding), protecting our county from future Gallagher reductions to critical missions like public health responses to pandemics, responses to fires and other disasters, road maintenance, and other emergency responses to help county residents.
Ballot issue 5B – Keep our Students & Teachers Safe
State budget cuts due to COVID have ravaged state school funding. This is a request to renew the 2016 mill levy for our students, teachers, staff & schools. CO is 50th – dead last – in wage competitiveness for educators. There is no room for further cuts. If you believe that public education is a hallmark of our democracy, vote “yes” to keep local public K-12 education on-track.
Ballot issue 7A – Fund West Slope Water
What is water security worth to you? As citizens of Eagle County, we all know that healthy flowing streams are connected to every part of our quality of life. Would you spend an extra $7 per year to help ensure continued funding for vital work being done to protect the quality and quantity of water in Western Colorado? We would.