Citizens of Larimer County will have an extremely long ballot to consider on November 8. The Loveland Chamber of Commerce has taken a position on 7 ballot issues that are critical to our current and future workforce, our quality of life and our economic future.
2016 Election Issues – Chamber of Commerce Positions
The Chamber is recommending a NO vote on the following issues:
Amendment 69: Colorado Care Act
Amendment 70: Increase State Minimum Wage
The Chamber is recommending a YES vote on the following issues:
Amendment 71: Raise the Bar
Thompson School District Issue 3D & 3E: District Mill & Bond Proposal
Loveland Downtown Development Authority 5D & 5E: Mill & Bond Proposal
Background Information about the Chamber’s Positions – State & Local Issues:
Amendment 69: VOTE NO
Amendment 69 would raise $25 billion in taxes to create a government-run health insurance system. The Chamber is opposing this experimental initiative because of the staggering cost—it doubles the size of the entire state budget and gives Colorado the highest income tax rate in the country, creating a tax structure that hits our smallest of businesses the hardest. It’s not clear what’s covered or what the cost to working families would be. In the end, there is no evidence that this huge new government entity will improve health care. And, it’s built into the state constitution making it extremely difficult to change.
Amendment 70: VOTE NO
Amendment 70 would maintain Colorado’s minimum wage in the Constitution and increase it to $12 per hour by Jan. 1, 2020, with an annual increase thereafter based on inflation. Just like our economy, wages fluctuate due to a number of market factors. With that in mind, cementing a minimum wage and automatic adjustment into our constitution doesn’t make sense. Minimum wage should be tackled through statutory law, allowing us to respond to changing conditions. This mandatory wage hits small businesses particularly hard.
Amendment 71: VOTE YES
Amendment 71 changes requirements to amend the state constitution, requiring that voter signatures be collected from across Colorado (giving rural Colorado a voice in what is on our ballot) and requiring a passage rate of 55 percent. (It’s important to remember that Coloradans still can pass a law, a statute, with only 50 percent plus one under this proposed amendment—this only changes how we amend our constitution.) Colorado’s constitution is among the easiest in the country to amend—it’s been amended more than 150 times so far. Once in the constitution, it’s extremely challenging to make changes when circumstances change or unintended consequences surface. Further, Colorado’s current process attracts out-of-state interests who want to use our state as a testing ground. Fighting extreme ideas on our ballot costs us all, so we’re supportive of ensuring that more Colorado voices are required to change our constitution.
Thompson School District Issue 3D & 3E: VOTE YES
An $11 million Mill Levy Override. The proceeds generated would be used to fund salary competitiveness to help narrow the 14% salary gap that exists between TSD and its closest neighbors, replace textbooks and curriculum throughout the district, address school bus fleet needs and provide further educational program support (math, literacy, etc.) with a per-pupil share to the district's two charter schools.
A $288 million Bond. The proposed $288 million bond would repair $72 million in deferred building maintenance, renovate aging buildings to extend their useful life for the 21st century and reinvent school configurations through reformats and new school construction.
Loveland Downtown Development Authority 5D & 5E: VOTE YES
Authorization for the city to increase property taxes in the downtown development authority by not more than 5.00 mills and of a voter approved revenue change as an exception to the limits of article x, section 20 of the Colorado constitution or any other law.
Authorization for the city to incur debt of up to $75,000,000 for the purpose of financing the costs of development projects to be undertaken by or on behalf of the Loveland downtown development authority pursuant to the Loveland downtown development authority plan of development, with such debt payable from and secured by a pledge of the special fund of the city which shall contain tax increment revenues levied and collected within the boundaries of the authority.
The Chamber is not recommending a position on the following issues:
- Proposition 107: Presidential Primary Elections
- Proposition 108: Semi Open Primary Elections
- Proposition 106: Medical Aid in Dying
- Amendment 72: Increase Taxes on Tobacco Products
- Larimer County Ballot Issue 200: Science and Cultural Financing District
- Larimer County Issue 1A: Mental Health, Detox/Substance Abuse Facility and Services
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