Will Amendment 73 Negatively Impact Other Jurisdictions? No!

In 2015, Jeffco (and several other neighboring districs) had to fight AFP (Americans For Prosperity) and the Independence Institute to turn our district around? Well, they are at it again.

This time they want to prevent our kids and schools from gaining more adequate and equitable funding that would come from Amendment 73. That’s not surprising, considering they spend most of their efforts promoting the privatization of our public schools, and degrading our teachers.

As is their practice, they are counting on scare tactics and lack of knowledge by the voting public on the state constitution, TABOR and Gallagher Amendments.

In order for Initiative 93 (now known as Amendment 73) to clear the Title Board Hearing, it had to meet the Single-subject Requirement in the state’s constitution.

https://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections/Initiatives/guide/2-BallotTitle.html

In accordance with Colorado law, ballot titles:

  • must be brief;
  • cannot conflict with another ballot title selected for any petition previously filed for the same election;
  • must be in the form of a question which may easily be answered “yes/for” or “no/against”; and
  • must unambiguously state the principle of the provision sought to be added, amended, or repealed.

1.  Single-subject requirement

  • Every proposed constitutional amendment or statutory proposition must be limited to a single subject, which must be clearly expressed in its title. In other words, the text of the measure must concern only one subject and one distinct purpose.
  • For additional information relating to the single-subject requirement, see Article V, Section 1(5.5) of the Colorado Constitution and section 1‑40‑106.5, C.R.S.

About Amendment 73 & how it stabilizes local level funding for public education.

Public education is the only local level funding the state is required to backfill. Because of Gallagher, the personal property assessment rate has fallen from 21% in 1982 to the current 7.2%. The Commercial rate has remained at 29%. Commercial property owners carry the burden while personal rates fall, creating a funding crisis for our schools (as well as fire districts, water districts, and many other services).

Amendment 73 addresses this issue /crisis for public school funding, by dropping the current 7.2% to 7.0% and holding it there to prevent further loss of funding – for public education only. 73 also provides long over due relief to commercial property owners (business owners, farmers, and ranchers) by dropping the commercial rate from 29 to 24% and holding it there to prevent any fall in future local funding for education.

Please note these stipulations to Gallagher assessment rate are only for education.

This is why fire districts, park districts, etc. often put their own mill levy initiatives on the ballot. To fix this issue, these districts can also file initiatives (just as we did with Initiative 93/Amendment 73) but they must be single subject, as the constitution requires! Without this fix, these special districts will continue to decrease in funding, just as education has over the years.

If you look at your property tax bill, it will look like this in 2019 –

If Amendment 73 is approved by voters (Residential):

School mill levy rate – 7.0 %
APEX Park and Sec mill levy rate – 6.1%
Arvada Fire District mill levy rate – 6.1%

If Amendment 73 is not approved by voters (Residential):

School mill levy rate – 6.1 %
APEX Park and Sec mill levy rate – 6.1%
Arvada Fire District mill levy rate – 6.1%

If Amendment 73 is approved by voters (Commercial):

School mill levy rate – 24.0 %
APEX Park and Sec mill levy rate – 29%
Arvada Fire District mill levy rate – 29%

If Amendment 73 is not approved by voters (Commercial):

School mill levy rate – 29%
APEX Park and Sec mill levy rate – 29%
Arvada Fire District mill levy rate – 29%

Is it more work for county assessors? Yes, but we’ve all used formulas and calculations in spreadsheets. It’s not that hard to reformulate a calculation in a computer program. They can do their assessment spot check as usual, they just get to do an extra calculation. Several County Assessors and candidates are supportive of Amendment 73, Jeffco candidate Scot Kersgaard even carried a petition!

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