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Ballot Issues

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From property tax rate decreases to establishing a learning enrichment program, this November Colorado voters will face 3 different questions on their 2021 election ballot. City & County of Denver residents will face 13 unique questions on their 2021 election ballot. Unfortunately wading through the ballot language of these measures does not always provide clear choices. Political ads and campaign rhetoric make casting a vote even more daunting. The 2021 Common Sense Institute Ballot Guide outlines the facts and provides an objective analysis of the economic impacts – without the spin. Based on economic models and comprehensive fiscal analysis, each issue is presented in a clear and concise manner that gives voters the information they need to make educated and informed decisions on each question.

Download the Common Sense Institute Ballot Guide Below:

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Current Status of Measures

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August 3rd was the final day for citizen-initiated petition campaigns to submit the required 124,632 valid signatures to qualify for the November ballot. While a handful of questions have already been certified, there are still a few hanging in the balance.

The 2021 Colorado ballot is less extensive than years past, but still has questions for the voters that will impact the future of our state. In odd years, ballot questions must have a “TABOR hook” therefore all initiatives will have tax policy changes for the state.

Statewide Ballot Measures

MeasureTitleCSI Research EffortsMore Information & Additional ResourcesNews Articles
Amendment 78Legislative Authority for Spending State MoneyBluebookSteamboat Pilot & Today
CBS4
Proposition 119Learning Enrichment and Academic Progress ProgramRead CSI ReportBluebookThe Denver Post
The Daily Sentinel
KOA Colorado
Greeley Tribune
Steamboat Pilot & Today
CBS4
Colorado Politics
Proposition 120Property Tax Assessment Rate ReductionRead CSI ReportBluebookKUNC
Centennial Citizen
Ouray News
Steamboat Pilot & Today
Complete Colorado
CBS4

City & County of Denver Ballot Measures

MeasureTitleCSI Research EffortsMore Information & Additional ResourcesNews Articles
Referred Question 2ADenver Facilities System BondsYes: RISE DenverThe Denver Gazette
Colorado Politics
Referred Question 2B Denver Housing and Sheltering System BondsRead CSI ReportYes: RISE DenverThe Denver Gazette
Colorado Politics
Referred Question 2C Denver Transportation and Mobility System BondsYes: RISE DenverThe Denver Gazette
Colorado Politics
Referred Question 2D Denver Parks and Recreation System BondsYes: RISE DenverThe Denver Gazette
Colorado Politics
Referred Question 2E National Western Campus Facilities System BondsYes: RISE DenverThe Denver Gazette
Colorado Politics
Referred Question 2F Safe and Sound DenverYes: Safe and Sound Denver
No: Keep Denver Housed
Colorado Politics
Referred Question 2G Fill Future Vacancies for Independent MonitorColorado Politics
Referred Question 2H Election Day ChangeColorado Politics
Initiated Ordinance 300 Pandemic Research FundYes: Guarding Against PandemicsColorado Politics
Initiated Ordinance 301 Parks and Open SpaceColorado Politics
Initiated Ordinance 302 Conservation EasementYes: Empower Northeast DenverColorado Politics
Initiated Ordinance 303Let's Do BetterRead CSI ReportColorado Politics
Initiated Ordinance 304Enough Taxes AlreadyRead CSI ReportThe Denver Post
The Denver Post
Colorado Politics

Statewide Ballot Measures

PROPOSITION 119 RESEARCH

Learning Enrichment and Academic Progress Program (LEAP)

To listen to the CSI podcast on this issue, click here.

PROPOSITION 120 RESEARCH

Property Tax Assessment Rate Reduction

To listen to the CSI podcast on this issue, click here.

City & County of Denver Ballot Measures

ORDINANCE 303 AND REFERRED QUESTION 2B RESEARCH

Let’s Do Better and Denver Housing and Sheltering System Bonds

ORDINANCE 304 RESEARCH

Enough Taxes Already