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In Colorado Springs we have each other’s back during the tough times. It’s just how we’re made. On this November’s ballot we have an opportunity to protect our community by voting YES on two initiatives, one for our City and one for our schools, that will help us emerge from this pandemic as strong as ever.

Vote YES on 2A for our City and YES on 4A for our District 11 schools

Click between the two tabs below to learn about each issue and how, without raising taxes, they’ll help us better recover from these tough times

Protect our city. Protect our way of life.

WITHOUT YOUR "YES" VOTE on 2A THE SERVICES WE COUNT ON TO MAKE COLORADO SPRINGS A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE WILL BE IN JEOPARDY.

The city is responsible for creating the pro-business environment that makes us attractive to businesses. Voting YES on 2A will protect the business services the city provides to ensure we maintain our reputation as a business friendly city. 

When we are in a time of need it’s our firefighters and police officers we count on to keep us safe. Voting YES on 2A will prevent significant reductions to fire and police and make sure our first responders have the resources to protect life and property. 

Raise your hand if you love potholes! Our capacity to have safe and drivable roads depends on the ability of our city to recover. Voting YES on 2A keeps our streets in good condition and our tires happy.

The city works to keep our cost of living low through the development and preservation of affordable housing. Voting YES on 2A will protect these programs that sustain our low cost of living and ensure our community remains a place where we can afford to live and raise our families.

Building and sustaining the infrastructure to efficiently move about in Colorado Springs is critical to reducing traffic and getting us from place to place. Voting YES on 2A will protect our investments in transportation and ensure we can continue to freely move about town.

Our parks are a community treasure. They are a source of pride, community, health, and happiness for all of us. Voting YES on 2A will allow for us to maintain the basic services to keep our parks clean and beautiful for generations to come.

What is TABOR and why should I care?

TABOR is a piece of law in Colorado that limits government growth and spending. While this law is great for us in the good times, it makes digging out of the tough times that much more difficult. It limits the amount of growth based on a formula of the previous year’s budget plus inflation.

When we go through tough times, and our city budget is significantly impacted, it places our City in a position where we can’t quickly recover. Due to this “ratchet down” effect the implications for Colorado Springs isn’t just a one year hit due to COVID-19. Even once our vibrant local economy recovers, the ability for our city to recover will be limited.

Without action, it will take Colorado Springs 5 years to simply return to where we were in 2019 and the total projected losses are estimated at $43.7 million. These cuts will impact services we all rely on such as economic development, parks, roads, and public safety. Voting YES on 2A on this initiative will provide TEMPORARY relief to the city and allow the programs and services that we all count on to recover just as quickly as our local economy.

What's at stake and how does the "ratchet down" impact services?

The ratchet down effect prevents Colorado Springs from recovering from difficult economic times as quickly as we should. We all felt the pain in 2008 when city streets were dark as lights were turned off and the trash in our parks wasn’t removed. It took Colorado Springs over a half decade to fully recover from the economic catastrophe of 2008. This time, we have the ability to reduce our total recovery time to less than three years.

In the chart to the right, the gray shaded area in 2020 is the ratchet down effect of TABOR. This resets our TABOR cap and reduces our city’s ability to retain revenue in future years. The dark purple shading between 2021 and 2024 is revenue the city can keep that will help protect city services when we vote YES on 2A this November.

$ 0
In lost funding for city services​
0 years
To recover back to 2019 levels
1 vote
to make a huge difference

Additional questions

Click the drop downs below to see the answers to the questions we hear most from voters.

Not one penny! This initiative simply allows the city to keep tax revenues it would have otherwise collected. This won’t raise our taxes, but allow the city to recover at the exact same pace our community is able to economically recover.

The best answer is “it depends”. 

Local governments have the right to ask their voters to approve a measure which would permanently remove the TABOR cap restrictions from their city. Colorado Springs has not asked voters to permanently remove these restrictions and has no plans to ask for a permanent change.

Absolutely! This initiative will protect our right to vote before our taxes can be raised.

When we go through tough economic times and our city budget receives substantial cuts, TABOR prevents our city revenues from recovering at the same pace as the economic recovery in our region. This means our city has to cut essential services and programs we all count on.

This initiative will simply give the city permission to rebound at the exact same pace as our local economy and protect the services critical to our recovery and local way of life.

Ballots for the November 3rd election will be mailed to voters beginning the week of October 11th. 

When you receive your ballot look for this issue and vote YES on 2A!  Make sure to return your ballot by 7pm on November 3 for your vote to be counted

Additionally, make sure your friends and family know to vote YES on 2A. It’s going to take all of us voting to make sure we’re protecting our community!

Get involved

Sign up for email updates

Stay up to date with all the information on how we can protect our community and what makes it a great place to live, work, and play.

Let’s keep our city strong

We know times are tough. However, every dollar you give will help us protect the city we all love and care about. Click the link below to help support this important campaign. Even five bucks helps us with the important work of reaching more voters to support our community.

  • Protect our City - YES on 2A
  • Protect our schools - YES on 4A

Protect our city. Protect our way of life.

WITHOUT YOUR "YES" VOTE on 2A THE SERVICES WE COUNT ON TO MAKE COLORADO SPRINGS A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE WILL BE IN JEOPARDY.

The city is responsible for creating the pro-business environment that makes us attractive to businesses. Voting YES on 2A will protect the business services the city provides to ensure we maintain our reputation as a business friendly city. 

When we are in a time of need it’s our firefighters and police officers we count on to keep us safe. Voting YES on 2A will prevent significant reductions to fire and police and make sure our first responders have the resources to protect life and property. 

Raise your hand if you love potholes! Our capacity to have safe and drivable roads depends on the ability of our city to recover. Voting YES on 2A keeps our streets in good condition and our tires happy.

The city works to keep our cost of living low through the development and preservation of affordable housing. Voting YES on 2A will protect these programs that sustain our low cost of living and ensure our community remains a place where we can afford to live and raise our families.

Building and sustaining the infrastructure to efficiently move about in Colorado Springs is critical to reducing traffic and getting us from place to place. Voting YES on 2A will protect our investments in transportation and ensure we can continue to freely move about town.

Our parks are a community treasure. They are a source of pride, community, health, and happiness for all of us. Voting YES on 2A will allow for us to maintain the basic services to keep our parks clean and beautiful for generations to come.

What is TABOR and why should I care?

TABOR is a piece of law in Colorado that limits government growth and spending. While this law is great for us in the good times, it makes digging out of the tough times that much more difficult. It limits the amount of growth based on a formula of the previous year’s budget plus inflation.

When we go through tough times, and our city budget is significantly impacted, it places our City in a position where we can’t quickly recover. Due to this “ratchet down” effect the implications for Colorado Springs isn’t just a one year hit due to COVID-19. Even once our vibrant local economy recovers, the ability for our city to recover will be limited.

Without action, it will take Colorado Springs 5 years to simply return to where we were in 2019 and the total projected losses are estimated at $43.7 million. These cuts will impact services we all rely on such as economic development, parks, roads, and public safety. Voting YES on 2A on this initiative will provide TEMPORARY relief to the city and allow the programs and services that we all count on to recover just as quickly as our local economy.

What's at stake and how does the "ratchet down" impact services?

The ratchet down effect prevents Colorado Springs from recovering from difficult economic times as quickly as we should. We all felt the pain in 2008 when city streets were dark as lights were turned off and the trash in our parks wasn’t removed. It took Colorado Springs over a half decade to fully recover from the economic catastrophe of 2008. This time, we have the ability to reduce our total recovery time to less than three years.

In the chart to the right, the gray shaded area in 2020 is the ratchet down effect of TABOR. This resets our TABOR cap and reduces our city’s ability to retain revenue in future years. The dark purple shading between 2021 and 2024 is revenue the city can keep that will help protect city services when we vote YES on 2A this November.

$ 0
In lost funding for city services​
0 years
To recover back to 2019 levels
1 vote
to make a huge difference

Additional questions

Click the drop downs below to see the answers to the questions we hear most from voters.

Not one penny! This initiative simply allows the city to keep tax revenues it would have otherwise collected. This won’t raise our taxes, but allow the city to recover at the exact same pace our community is able to economically recover.

The best answer is “it depends”. 

Local governments have the right to ask their voters to approve a measure which would permanently remove the TABOR cap restrictions from their city. Colorado Springs has not asked voters to permanently remove these restrictions and has no plans to ask for a permanent change.

Absolutely! This initiative will protect our right to vote before our taxes can be raised.

When we go through tough economic times and our city budget receives substantial cuts, TABOR prevents our city revenues from recovering at the same pace as the economic recovery in our region. This means our city has to cut essential services and programs we all count on.

This initiative will simply give the city permission to rebound at the exact same pace as our local economy and protect the services critical to our recovery and local way of life.

Ballots for the November 3rd election will be mailed to voters beginning the week of October 11th. 

When you receive your ballot look for this issue and vote YES on 2A!  Make sure to return your ballot by 7pm on November 3 for your vote to be counted

Additionally, make sure your friends and family know to vote YES on 2A. It’s going to take all of us voting to make sure we’re protecting our community!

Get involved

Sign up for email updates

Stay up to date with all the information on how we can protect our community and what makes it a great place to live, work, and play.

Let’s keep our city strong

We know times are tough. However, every dollar you give will help us protect the city we all love and care about. Click the link below to help support this important campaign. Even five bucks helps us with the important work of reaching more voters to support our community.

It's time to protect our D11 schools

A solution without raising taxes

Without raising taxes, we can make sure that our kids return back to fully resourced and funded classrooms. Our kids deserve the best education and school environment possible. This is how we deliver on that promise to our kids in a way that is financially responsible. Voting YES on 4A will protect our schools without raising your taxes.

Protecting grant funded programming

District 11 relies on state and local grant funding to fuel district programs such as trades education and childhood literacy. This source of funding is subject to TABOR limitations and the district is in danger of not being able to receive these non-taxpayer funded revenue streams. Voting YES on 4A will preserve this vital source of funding for our schools.

More efficiently recover from the pandemic

Like everyone, our schools are experiencing setbacks and challenges related to the economic fallout of COVID-19. Voting YES on 4A will make it possible for District 11 to more effectively recover and to protect the investments that have been made in our schools and classrooms.

Colorado is home to 178 school districts
0 school districts
already have relief from TABOR restrictions
0 vote
to level the playing field for our kids

What is TABOR and why should I care?

TABOR is a piece of law in Colorado that limits government growth and spending. It limits a school district’s revenue based on a formula of the previous year’s revenue plus growth.

When we go through tough times and revenues are impacted, it makes it that much more difficult for our schools to recover. It means potential cuts to schools and classrooms. Without action, District 11 will see cuts in educational programs and services we all care about such as career and trades education, early childhood literacy, mental health services, and schools safety. Furthermore, other sources of revenue for our schools such as state and local grants are subject to TABOR limits. This means that District 11’s ability to seek funding to supplement our tax dollars is limited.

Our schools can’t compete for the same grants that so many schools around Colorado use to enhance the quality of education and classroom experiences for their students. District 11 being one of only four districts in Colorado to be subject to TABOR restrictions places our kids at a disadvantage compared to their peers across the state. It’s time to level the playing field for our kids.

Protect our schools and classrooms

Preparing our kids for careers in the trades is one of D11’s most important programs. Voting YES on 4A will protect funding for these programs and ensure students can graduate ready to step into the workforce.

We all know early reading is the best tool we can give our kids to set them up for future academic success. Voting YES on 4A will ensure these programs don’t miss a beat and our kids can continue becoming readers at a young age.

Teachers are the biggest asset to every school district. We must make sure we’re investing in the best teachers for our kids. Voting YES on 4A will ensure D11 can remain competitive for the best teachers in Colorado.

District 11 maintains a thorough school safety operation that keeps our schools safe and secure. Voting YES on 4A will protect funding for this critical work of keeping our schools a peaceful place of learning for our kids.

Our counselors are vital to helping our kids mature, maintain academic progress, and supporting our kids’ mental health. Voting YES on 4A will ensure our kids have access to school counselors and the resources to grow into our next generation of community leaders.

It takes work to maintain our schools for our kids and their teachers. Voting YES on 4A will ensure D11 has the resources to provide timely repairs when our schools require them so our kids can learn in clean and functioning schools.

Additional questions

Click the drop downs below to see the answers to the questions we hear most from voters.

Not a single penny. 

This simply allows District 11 to keep the revenues it would otherwise collect and to fully pursue alternative funding streams such as state/local grants, and entrepreneurial revenues such as the sales of advertisements at High School football games.

Presently, D11 is limited in its capacity to pursue grant funding and entrepreneurial streams. This initiative will allow District 11 to better supplement our tax dollars with other sources of funding for our schools!

The impact of better schools is felt in every corner of the community.

Neighborhoods with quality schools tend to have higher property values.

Cities with better schools produce a higher quality workforce and are more able to attract good jobs.

Communities with good schools are safer and experience lower crime rates.

Absolutely! This makes sure that District 11 must ask voters before the District can raise our taxes.

Ballots for the November 3rd election will be mailed to voters beginning the week of October 11th. 

When you receive your ballot look for issue 4A and vote YES!  Make sure to return your ballot by 7pm on November 3 for your vote to be counted

Additionally, make sure your friends and family know to vote YES on 4A. It’s going to take all of us voting to make sure we’re protecting our schools for our kids.

Get involved

Sign up for email updates

Get the latest info on this initiative and voting reminders delivered straight to your inbox.

Let’s keep our schools strong

We know times are tough. However, every dollar you give will help us protect the city we all love and care about. Click the link below to help support this important campaign. Even five bucks helps us with the important work of reaching more voters to support our community and schools.

Protect our city. Protect our way of life.

WITHOUT YOUR "YES" VOTE on 2A THE SERVICES WE COUNT ON TO MAKE COLORADO SPRINGS A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE WILL BE IN JEOPARDY.

The city is responsible for creating the pro-business environment that makes us attractive to businesses. Voting YES on 2A will protect the business services the city provides to ensure we maintain our reputation as a business friendly city. 

When we are in a time of need it’s our firefighters and police officers we count on to keep us safe. Voting YES on 2A will prevent significant reductions to fire and police and make sure our first responders have the resources to protect life and property. 

Raise your hand if you love potholes! Our capacity to have safe and drivable roads depends on the ability of our city to recover. Voting YES on 2A keeps our streets in good condition and our tires happy.

The city works to keep our cost of living low through the development and preservation of affordable housing. Voting YES on 2A will protect these programs that sustain our low cost of living and ensure our community remains a place where we can afford to live and raise our families.

Building and sustaining the infrastructure to efficiently move about in Colorado Springs is critical to reducing traffic and getting us from place to place. Voting YES on 2A will protect our investments in transportation and ensure we can continue to freely move about town.

Our parks are a community treasure. They are a source of pride, community, health, and happiness for all of us. Voting YES on 2A will allow for us to maintain the basic services to keep our parks clean and beautiful for generations to come.

What is TABOR and why should I care?

TABOR is a piece of law in Colorado that limits government growth and spending. While this law is great for us in the good times, it makes digging out of the tough times that much more difficult. It limits the amount of growth based on a formula of the previous year’s budget plus inflation.

When we go through tough times, and our city budget is significantly impacted, it places our City in a position where we can’t quickly recover. Due to this “ratchet down” effect the implications for Colorado Springs isn’t just a one year hit due to COVID-19. Even once our vibrant local economy recovers, the ability for our city to recover will be limited.

Without action, it will take Colorado Springs 5 years to simply return to where we were in 2019 and the total projected losses are estimated at $43.7 million. These cuts will impact services we all rely on such as economic development, parks, roads, and public safety. Voting YES on 2A on this initiative will provide TEMPORARY relief to the city and allow the programs and services that we all count on to recover just as quickly as our local economy.

What's at stake and how does the "ratchet down" impact services?

The ratchet down effect prevents Colorado Springs from recovering from difficult economic times as quickly as we should. We all felt the pain in 2008 when city streets were dark as lights were turned off and the trash in our parks wasn’t removed. It took Colorado Springs over a half decade to fully recover from the economic catastrophe of 2008. This time, we have the ability to reduce our total recovery time to less than three years.

In the chart to the right, the gray shaded area in 2020 is the ratchet down effect of TABOR. This resets our TABOR cap and reduces our city’s ability to retain revenue in future years. The dark purple shading between 2021 and 2024 is revenue the city can keep that will help protect city services when we vote YES on 2A this November.

$ 0
In lost funding for city services​
0 years
To recover back to 2019 levels
1 vote
to make a huge difference

Additional questions

Click the drop downs below to see the answers to the questions we hear most from voters.

Not one penny! This initiative simply allows the city to keep tax revenues it would have otherwise collected. This won’t raise our taxes, but allow the city to recover at the exact same pace our community is able to economically recover.

The best answer is “it depends”. 

Local governments have the right to ask their voters to approve a measure which would permanently remove the TABOR cap restrictions from their city. Colorado Springs has not asked voters to permanently remove these restrictions and has no plans to ask for a permanent change.

Absolutely! This initiative will protect our right to vote before our taxes can be raised.

When we go through tough economic times and our city budget receives substantial cuts, TABOR prevents our city revenues from recovering at the same pace as the economic recovery in our region. This means our city has to cut essential services and programs we all count on.

This initiative will simply give the city permission to rebound at the exact same pace as our local economy and protect the services critical to our recovery and local way of life.

Ballots for the November 3rd election will be mailed to voters beginning the week of October 11th. 

When you receive your ballot look for this issue and vote YES on 2A!  Make sure to return your ballot by 7pm on November 3 for your vote to be counted

Additionally, make sure your friends and family know to vote YES on 2A. It’s going to take all of us voting to make sure we’re protecting our community!

Get involved

Sign up for email updates

Stay up to date with all the information on how we can protect our community and what makes it a great place to live, work, and play.

Let’s keep our city strong

We know times are tough. However, every dollar you give will help us protect the city we all love and care about. Click the link below to help support this important campaign. Even five bucks helps us with the important work of reaching more voters to support our community.

It's time to protect our D11 schools

A solution without raising taxes

Without raising taxes, we can make sure that our kids return back to fully resourced and funded classrooms. Our kids deserve the best education and school environment possible. This is how we deliver on that promise to our kids in a way that is financially responsible. Voting YES on 4A will protect our schools without raising your taxes.

Protecting grant funded programming

District 11 relies on state and local grant funding to fuel district programs such as trades education and childhood literacy. This source of funding is subject to TABOR limitations and the district is in danger of not being able to receive these non-taxpayer funded revenue streams. Voting YES on 4A will preserve this vital source of funding for our schools.

More efficiently recover from the pandemic

Like everyone, our schools are experiencing setbacks and challenges related to the economic fallout of COVID-19. Voting YES on 4A will make it possible for District 11 to more effectively recover and to protect the investments that have been made in our schools and classrooms.

Colorado is home to 178 school districts
0 school districts
already have relief from TABOR restrictions
0 vote
to level the playing field for our kids

What is TABOR and why should I care?

TABOR is a piece of law in Colorado that limits government growth and spending. It limits a school district’s revenue based on a formula of the previous year’s revenue plus growth.

When we go through tough times and revenues are impacted, it makes it that much more difficult for our schools to recover. It means potential cuts to schools and classrooms. Without action, District 11 will see cuts in educational programs and services we all care about such as career and trades education, early childhood literacy, mental health services, and schools safety. Furthermore, other sources of revenue for our schools such as state and local grants are subject to TABOR limits. This means that District 11’s ability to seek funding to supplement our tax dollars is limited.

Our schools can’t compete for the same grants that so many schools around Colorado use to enhance the quality of education and classroom experiences for their students. District 11 being one of only four districts in Colorado to be subject to TABOR restrictions places our kids at a disadvantage compared to their peers across the state. It’s time to level the playing field for our kids.

Protect our schools and classrooms

Preparing our kids for careers in the trades is one of D11’s most important programs. Voting YES on 4A will protect funding for these programs and ensure students can graduate ready to step into the workforce.

We all know early reading is the best tool we can give our kids to set them up for future academic success. Voting YES on 4A will ensure these programs don’t miss a beat and our kids can continue becoming readers at a young age.

Teachers are the biggest asset to every school district. We must make sure we’re investing in the best teachers for our kids. Voting YES on 4A will ensure D11 can remain competitive for the best teachers in Colorado.

District 11 maintains a thorough school safety operation that keeps our schools safe and secure. Voting YES on 4A will protect funding for this critical work of keeping our schools a peaceful place of learning for our kids.

Our counselors are vital to helping our kids mature, maintain academic progress, and supporting our kids’ mental health. Voting YES on 4A will ensure our kids have access to school counselors and the resources to grow into our next generation of community leaders.

It takes work to maintain our schools for our kids and their teachers. Voting YES on 4A will ensure D11 has the resources to provide timely repairs when our schools require them so our kids can learn in clean and functioning schools.

Additional questions

Click the drop downs below to see the answers to the questions we hear most from voters.

Not a single penny. 

This simply allows District 11 to keep the revenues it would otherwise collect and to fully pursue alternative funding streams such as state/local grants, and entrepreneurial revenues such as the sales of advertisements at High School football games.

Presently, D11 is limited in its capacity to pursue grant funding and entrepreneurial streams. This initiative will allow District 11 to better supplement our tax dollars with other sources of funding for our schools!

The impact of better schools is felt in every corner of the community.

Neighborhoods with quality schools tend to have higher property values.

Cities with better schools produce a higher quality workforce and are more able to attract good jobs.

Communities with good schools are safer and experience lower crime rates.

Absolutely! This makes sure that District 11 must ask voters before the District can raise our taxes.

Ballots for the November 3rd election will be mailed to voters beginning the week of October 11th. 

When you receive your ballot look for issue 4A and vote YES!  Make sure to return your ballot by 7pm on November 3 for your vote to be counted

Additionally, make sure your friends and family know to vote YES on 4A. It’s going to take all of us voting to make sure we’re protecting our schools for our kids.

Get involved

Sign up for email updates

Get the latest info on this initiative and voting reminders delivered straight to your inbox.

Let’s keep our schools strong

We know times are tough. However, every dollar you give will help us protect the city we all love and care about. Click the link below to help support this important campaign. Even five bucks helps us with the important work of reaching more voters to support our community and schools.

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