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Why Public Engagement in The Policy Process Matters

Jeffco Public Schools believes in community participation and voice in public policy and decision-making processes. From our School Board to legislation at our State Capitol, we encourage our entire community to learn more about legislation that impacts public education in our state.

2020 Ballot Issues that Relate to Public Education

In Colorado, voters have the power to petition for an initiative to be placed on the ballot through the process of direct democracy. This fall, the electorate will vote on many important referred and direct (petitioned by citizens and placed on the ballot via signature requirements) initiatives that impact K-12 education in our state. 

Ballot Initiative Yes/No's are sourced from the 2020 State Ballot Information Booklet (Blue Book).

Visit the Colorado General Assembly Education Committee website to learn about past and current proposed and passed legislation that impacts education in our state.

Gallagher Amendment Repeal
(Colorado Amendment B, Gallagher Amendment Repeal and Property Tax Assessment Rates Measure)

YES

A “yes” vote on Amendment B repeals sections of the Colorado Constitution that set a fixed statewide ratio for residential and nonresidential property tax revenue. Assessment rates for all property types will remain the same as they are now, projected future decreases in the residential assessment rate will not be required, and any future increases in assessment rates would require a vote of the people.

NO

A “no” vote on Amendment B leaves constitutional provisions related to property taxes in place, maintaining current requirements for setting the assessment rates used to calculate property taxes. This is expected to result in a decreasing residential assessment rate over time and in automatic local mill levy increases in jurisdictions where required by law.

PROPOSITION 116
(Colorado pROPOSITION 116, DECREASE INCOME TAX RATE FROM 4.63% TO 4.55% INITIATIVE)

YES

A “yes” vote on Proposition 116 reduces the state income tax rate to 4.55 percent for tax year 2020 and future years.

NO

A “no” vote on Proposition 116 keeps the state income tax rate unchanged at 4.63 percent.

Tobacco Tax 
(Colorado proposition ee, tobacco and e-cigarette tax increase for health and education programs measure)

YES

A “yes” vote on Proposition EE increases taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products, and creates a new tax on nicotine products, including vaping products. The new tax revenue will be spent on education, housing, tobacco prevention, health care, and preschool.

NO

A “no” vote on Proposition EE means taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products will stay the same, and there will be no new taxes on nicotine or vaping products.

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How to Contact your Legislators

To find your local State Senator and Representative and how to contact him/her, visit the Colorado General Assembly Find My Legislator page.

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