Jefferson County has put forth language for three ballot initiatives for the election this November. Ballots were mailed starting October 17.
1A: the ballot initiative “debruces” all nonproperty tax revenue sources. Debrucing means it doesn’t count under our TABOR revenue cap. Revenue above the TABOR revenue cap needs to be refunded back to taxpayers. Remember we sent out 1 million in TABOR refunds last year, so you received a check of less than $7.00. In October we’ll be refunding about $17.3 million-in checks averaging around $75. At the same time, we have a $20.9 million deficit in our budget. We’re struggling with fixing roads and other important county services.
So, what are nonproperty tax revenue? It’s state grants and fees. Our amazing grant writer in the Sheriff department wrote a successful grant for $500,000 to buy body worn cameras. That $500,000 pushed us up in our TABOR cap-ugh. We want Jefferson County to receive some of that available state money but it’s at a cost to our citizens.
1B: Unincorporated Jefferson County is not open to manufacturing, retail, or medical marijuana sales. It’s a little-known fact that citizens can’t collect signatures and put this on the ballot themselves. The County is placing this option on the ballot for citizens to decide. All state regulations, like setbacks from schools, would apply.
1C: The ballot initiative assesses a 3-6% tax on the manufacturing, retail, and medical sales of marijuana. The funds would be debruced and used towards public safety services. Public safety services are Coroner, DA and Sheriff services.
The actual ballot language can be found on the county website or on your ballot! Remember to vote!
Commissioner Kraft-Tharp can be reached at [email protected] or (303) 271-8511. For actual ballot language for each of the three initiatives, visit our website or view on your actual ballot, which was mailed October 1.
To learn more about the Jefferson County Commissioners, visit our website. The Board of County Commissioners’ public hearings are held on most Tuesdays at 8:00 a.m. and we invite you to join us for public comment. Click here for details.