Ballots must be received by 7 pm on November 5, 2019.
Retain State Government Revenue
IndivisibleNOCO is voting YES.
Colorado has one of the best economies in the country, yet the lowest investment in state infrastructure, including transportation, health services and education - and it shows in our decaying roads, increasingly limited state services and the per pupil spending on education (lowest in the country). Proposition CC is a step toward providing our government with the revenues it will need to address these issues and improve the quality of life for all residents. The immediate effect on taxpayers will be small and Proposition CC will not fix these issues by itself, but removing the TABOR Cap gives the state government the ability to spend to shore up these critical functions when the economy is strong.
Proposition DD - Authorize and Tax Sports Betting
IndivisibleNOCO is still considering our vote.
IndivisibleNOCO has mixed feelings about this Proposition. On one hand, we are not supportive of the idea of "sin" taxes for which the funds do not directly address the "sin," such as nicotine addiction. Since we all benefit from state water projects, we should all pay for them - not just people who gamble. On the other hand, the federal government legalized sports betting. Currently, people in Colorado are engaging in it on their phones and the states that have legalized it (like New Jersey) are getting the revenue and we, as much as we like New Jersey, we would prefer that Colorado receive the revenue. We recognize there are valid pros and cons to this ballot measure. We hope the information we’ve provided helps you weigh the benefits of additional taxes to support our Water Plan with the downsides of a sin tax that doesn’t ensure all Coloradans contribute to our overall well-being in the state.
Poudre School District A - School Board
IndivisibleNOCO recommends voting for Donald Anderson
DJ Anderson has been an advocate for many years as a parent volunteer serving on various committees such as the District Accountability Committee and the District Advisory Board. He worked hard last year to pass Amendment 73, a graduated income tax that would have provided state education funding around $1.6 billion. While Amendment 73 failed, it is indicative of Mr. Anderson's commitment to funding education.
Ballot Issue 1A: Larimer County Sales Tax for Infrastructure
IndivisibleNOCO is voting YES
Larimer County continues to grow and this sales and use tax will help fund road work, transportation services and needed services. The county population is projected to grow by over 500,000 people in the next 25 years and the .5% tax will help cover the cost of expanding services for that growth.
Ballot Issue 4A: Poudre School District Mill Levy
IndivisibleNOCO is voting YES
We recommend voting Yes on Ballot Issue 4A. Colorado ranks last in the country in per pupil spending and Poudre School District is among the lowest within Colorado. This is unconscionable and embarrassing. We all benefit from a great education system, both in the quality of our community and in the types of businesses that are attracted to areas with good schools. IndivisibleNOCO believes that public school teachers are an asset to our educational system and must be honored and compensated for the work they do. Right now we place an incredible burden on our teachers, who are expected to be school counselors and provide classroom security in addition to teaching. Many spend their own money on school supplies (which are not tax deductible under the new tax law). And many cannot afford to live in the communities in which they teach.