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Weekend Open Thread – Colorado Pols


For the past month I have prepared a 2 page document.

Management Colorado

I. 78th Amendment: Transfer of power from the State Treasurer to the relevant Legislature to the State Legislature (non-tax revenue).

I. Resolution 119: Create a board to govern an out-of-school education program and increase the marijuana retail sales tax by 5% to partially fund that program.

I. Resolution 120: Reduces residential and non-residential property tax rates; TABOR authorizes the government to withhold and spend $ 25 million in revenue in excess of the state spending limit, which requires the taxpayer to repay.


I. Question 2A (Denver Facility System Bond): $ 104 million for Denver Facility projects such as the Denver Botanical Gardens, Denver Nature and Science Museum, Bonfills Theater Complex and Renovation and Improvement of the Denver Zoo; Two new libraries; Renovation of a city-owned youth empowerment center; And accessibility improvements for city buildings.

I. Question 2B (Denver Housing and Care Systems Bonds): $ 38.6 million for housing and housing projects, such as housing and remodeling for the homeless. City officials can also use the money to buy buildings or turn structures into shelters.

I. Question 2C (Denver Transport and Movement Systems Bonds): $ 63.3 million for transportation projects such as Denver’s pavement widening; Renovation of existing bicycle lanes and addition of new ones; Renovating the length of the Morrison Road corridor to add a cultural and arts district; And construction of urban-urban avenues.

I. FAQ 2D (Denver Parks & Amusement Systems Bonds): $ 54 million for horticultural projects in northeast and south Denver; Renovation of athletic field and pitch; Replacement of playground and recreational equipment; And the restoration of the Mestiso-Curtis Garden Pool.

I. Question 2E (National West Campus Facility System Bond): $ 190 million to build a new courtyard on the National Western Center campus and to renovate the existing 1909 building.

I. FAQ 2F (Safety and Sound): When Denver City Council approved new group-living laws for the city in February, Safe & Sound Denver opposed the move, allowing five unrelated people to live in the same house. Now, the group is urging voters to overturn the council’s decision. By voting to abolish the difference in living as a group, the council’s decision to expand the city’s available land for housing to half of the cities previously only allowed for industrial areas will be overturned.

I. Referred Question 2G (Fill in future vacancies for Independent Monitoring): The Independent Monitoring Office is responsible for overseeing all disciplinary inquiries into the Denver Police and Sheriff’s Departments, recommending policy changes, and investigating other events, such as how the police handled the George Floyd protests in 2020. The mayor has already appointed the post, but instead of this measure, the appointment will be handed over to the Voluntary Citizens Oversight Board.

I. Question 2H (Election Day Change): The move, proposed by Denver clerk and recorder Paul Lopez, will increase the city’s general election in Australia from the first Tuesday in May to the first Tuesday in April. The move would allow more time to send postal ballot papers to people going abroad or living in the clerk’s office if an election is scheduled for June.

I. Initiated Ordinance 300 (Epidemic Research Fund): The move would increase Denver’s local cannabis sales tax from 10.3% to 11.8%, in an effort to raise about $ 7 million annually for the Colorado Denver City Center, the university’s partnership with the city and local businesses. The money will be used for technical research that could be used to keep people safe during an outbreak and other preparations and recovery efforts. Three-quarters of the money is spent on research into personal protective equipment, disinfection and sterilization technology, and design features of physical spaces. The remaining quarter is devoted to government policy and planning research. No more than 8% of the proceeds from the tax increase can be spent on administrative expenses.

I. Initiated Ordinance 301 (Gardens and Open Spaces): Voter approval is required before any commercial or residential construction can begin on any park or city land covered by a conservation facility. This includes the 155-acre Park Hill Golf Course property to be built by Westside Investment Partners’ developers and property owners.

I. Initiated Ordinance 302 (Facilitation of Conservation): A precautionary measure for gardens and open spaces. This measure has been proposed by Western Border Investment Partners and amends the definition of “conservation facilitation” and applies only to those approved and approved by the State Conservation Division. This will effectively allow for the development of properties currently covered by the facility at Park Hill Golf Course.

I. Initiated Ordinance 303 (better done): The move, proposed by Garrett Flickr, president of the Denver Republican Party, prohibits anyone from encamping on private property without written permission from the owners. It also allows for up to four permitted campsites on public property, which require facilities such as water, restrooms and lighting. City officials must enforce a ban on camping within three days of receiving a complaint and allow the public to file lawsuits against the city if it fails to evacuate.

I. Initiated Ordinance 304 (Adequate tax already): The move, also proposed by Flickr, will limit Denver’s overall sales and reduce the used tax rate from its current 4.81% to 4.5%. In addition, any new sales to the city should be deducted and taxed if the voter approval exceeds the 4.5% limit.

The Denver School Board — by and large, represents the entire city

Marla Benavides

In a promotional video, Benavides describes herself as a home-educated mother who cares about the district’s literacy rate. She sells books as an independent contractor.

I. Scott Eserman

Eserman is a Denver government school parent who has previously worked as a teacher in public and private schools. He is currently volunteering as chairman of the district accountability committee. Approved by the Teachers Union.

I. Vernon Jones Jr.

Jones is a parent and executive director of Denver Public Schools in the Northeast Denver Innovation Zone, a group of autonomous schools in the district. He previously ran for school board seat in 2009 but did not win.

I. Jane Shirley

Shirley is a former teacher and principal at neighboring Aurora Public Schools and a former head of a school leadership program. She now works at a management consulting firm.

Ick Nikki Yolik

Yolik is a community activist who has worked in the Democratic political movement and helped find several Denver-based educational advisory groups.




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