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Tuesday, November 2,2010

2010 Boulder County ballot issues

Voters hand county mixed results: Human services winning, while open space issue flags

By Boulder Weekly Staff

The vote on county ballot issues was too close to call by press time on Tuesday, with voters seeming to prioritize human services over open space purchases.

County Issue 1A was passing with 51.57 percent of the vote. It asked voters to approve a 0.9 mill (nine-tenths of one mill) ad valorem property tax increase for a term of five years to backfill significant gaps in state funding for human services.

Using current property values for Boulder County, the mill levy increase is expected to be about $7 per $100,000 in actual property value (e.g., $21 for a property valued at $300,000) and should generate about $5.2 million per year for five years beginning in 2011, according to the county.

Already the county has made deep budget cuts to make up for a $4.5 million deficit. County officials told Boulder Weekly that $2.3 million of the revenue from the tax increase would be used for child care services. The county has a waiting list of 600 to 700 children, and the list is growing.

But County Issue 1B appeared to be losing by an almost identical margin, with 51.27 percent of voters opposed to a new open space tax.

County Issue 1B asked voters to approve a new 0.15 percent sales and use tax for the next 20 years. The percentage would amount to one cent on a purchase of $10. In addition, 1B would allow for the issuance of bonds totaling $40 million, all for the purpose of purchasing open space.

Though county officials argued that the tax was necessary for the county to make land purchases that were planned some 30 years ago, thus realizing its plans for land preservation, opponents of 1B argued that a recession was not the time to introduce a new tax.

If 1B is defeated, it will mark the second time since county residents began taxing themselves for land preservation that an open-space tax issue failed. A similar measure was narrowly rejected by county voters in 2009.

“I’m certainly happy to see that it looks like 1A is going to pass,” says County Commissioner Will Toor. “I think that’s going to make a big difference of being able to maintain services to families in Boulder County over the next few years.”

Toor said he was “disappointed” that 1B appeared to be headed toward a narrow defeat, but believes it may be due to the state of the economy and the number of tax issues that county residents were asked to vote on, both at the county level and at the municipal level. Voters may have felt compelled to choose, he says.

“This is clearly a tough time to have an open space issue on the ballot,” Toor says. “But there are pieces of land that are available right now that we might not be able to acquire.”

As of 9:30 p.m.

COUNTY ISSUE 1A [Human Services Safety Net Mill Levy Increase]
Votes Percent
YES
39,595 51.57%
NO
37,177 48.43%

Total Votes: 76,772

COUNTY ISSUE 1B [Countywide Open Space Sales and Use Tax Increase and Bond Authorization]
Votes Percent
YES
37,891 48.73%
NO
39,871 51.27%

Total Votes: 77,762

CITY OF BOULDER ISSUE NO. 2A PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS TAX
Votes Percent
FOR THE MEASURE
15,491 68.45%
AGAINST THE MEASURE
7,141 31.55%

Total Votes: 22,632

CITY OF BOULDER ISSUE NO. 2B FIVE YEAR UTILITY OCCUPATION TAX TO REPLACE LOST FRANCHISE FEE REVENUE
Votes Percent
FOR THE MEASURE
15,610 69.13%
AGAINST THE MEASURE
6,971 30.87%

Total Votes: 22,581

CITY OF BOULDER QUESTION NO. 2C HEIGHT LIMIT
Votes Percent
FOR THE MEASURE
18,370 80.44%
AGAINST THE MEASURE
4,467 19.56%

Total Votes: 22,837

CITY OF LOUISVILLE BALLOT ISSUE 2D
Votes Percent
YES
3,215 53.25%
NO
2,822 46.75%

Total Votes: 6,037

TOWN OF JAMESTOWN BALLOT QUESTION 2E Publishing Ordinances by Title Only
Votes Percent
YES
71 87.65%
NO
10 12.35%

Total Votes: 81

TOWN OF JAMESTOWN BALLOT QUESTION 2F Ban on Medical Marijuana Businesses
Votes Percent
YES
56 69.14%
NO
25 30.86%

Total Votes: 81

BOULDER VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT RE-2 BALLOT ISSUE 3A
Votes Percent
YES
30,640 61.89%
NO
18,870 38.11%

Total Votes: 49,510

PARK SCHOOL DISTRICT R-3 BALLOT ISSUE 3C
Votes Percent
YES
119 56.40%
NO
92 43.60%

Total Votes: 211

LYONS FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT BALLOT ISSUE 4A
Votes Percent
YES
583 69.40%
NO
257 30.60%

Total Votes: 840

FOUR MILE FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT BALLOT ISSUE 5A
Votes Percent
YES
211 83.40%
NO
42 16.60%

Total Votes: 253

SUGARLOAF FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT BALLOT ISSUE 5B (EXTENSION OF EXISTING TAX)
Votes Percent
YES
400 94.34%
NO
24 5.66%

Total Votes: 424
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