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Thursday, October 17,2013

Election Guide 2013: Yes on Lafayette Ballot Issue 301

By Boulder Weekly Staff
City of Lafayette Ballot Issue No. 301
Utility occupation tax

Vote Yes

Issue No. 301 would amend Lafayette’s City Home Rule Charter to allow for the collection of a $720,000-per-year tax on public utility companies as an alternative to the city’s current 3 percent franchise fee. Should it pass, this proposed Utility Occupation Tax (UOT) would only go into effect if the franchise fee (see Lafayette Question 2A) is no longer being collected.

Translation: If the majority of Lafayette residents vote no on Lafayette question 2A, which would renew the Xcel franchise fee for an additional 20 years, then the UTC would take its place provided Issue No. 301 passes.

The $720K generated by the UTC would be earmarked for sustainable energy practices, including projects that reduce energy consumption, energy-related projects, renewable energy and prevention of climate change.

Voters should be aware that Issue No. 301 is to be considered in conjunction with ballot Question 2A. Read our information on Question 2A to better understand this direct connection.

Because we believe that Lafayette’s desire to become a more sustainable community by freeing itself from long-term dirty energy sources will be rewarded with a corresponding increase in economic vitality, we endorse a yes vote on 301.

View all of Boulder Weekly's endorsements here.

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