Ballot Question 1A
San Miguel County Ballot Question 1A
San Miguel County is currently facing a $1.2 million revenue reduction in 2021 due to TABOR and the Gallagher Amendment. Residents of San Miguel County are being asked to decide whether or not the Board of Commissioners can adjust its mill levy, if needed, to allow the County to maintain a stable revenue stream from property taxes if the state legislature changes the assessment rates in the future, with or without passage of Amendment B (State ballot measure).
From the Board of County Commissioners: In 2017, the San Miguel County Board of Commissioners established the following mission: We work to ensure our residents are healthy and flourishing and that our communities are safe and vibrant by; providing essential community services, practicing responsible stewardship of our environment, prioritizing long-term fiscal stability, and partnering with others to enhance the quality of life in San Miguel County and the region. We prioritize long term fiscal stability by maintaining a small yet efficient staff, minimizing capital projects and partnering with community organizations to provide services when possible. When we established this mission, we knew we were facing budget shortfalls due to increasing costs of delivering essential services to the region and rising costs of living in the region, especially health care. The recent voter-approved County tax increases were specifically for early childhood education and behavioral health and did not increase revenues to our General Fund. Read on...
We have put together some resources to help our constituents make an informed decision about this issue:
- Ballot Question 1A (PDF)
- Resolution 2020-026 (PDF)
- Question and Answer Sheet (PDF) - updated October 15, 2020
How Colorado Property Taxes Work
Building a Better Colorado is "nonpartisan coalition of Coloradans" that has come together to help unpack and explain policies and policy challenges, while engaging Colorado citizens and giving them the tools to make informed decisions about current issues. They have put together some helpful resources about the Gallagher Amendment, the Taxpayer Bill of Rights, and understanding Colorado property taxes.