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2017 Ballot Issues
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2017 Coordinated Election - County Ballot Issues

The Board of County Commissioners referred four county-specific issues to the ballot for the Nov. 7, 2017, coordinated election. Note: This page lists only the ballot issues put forward by Boulder County. The odd-year coordinated election ballot also contained state and municipal issues.

2017 County Issue 1A (Worthy Cause 0.05% Countywide Sales and Use Tax Extension):

WITH NO INCREASE IN ANY COUNTY TAX, SHALL THE COUNTY’S EXISTING 0.05% SALES AND USE TAX FOR HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES BE EXTENDED TO AND INCLUDING DECEMBER 31, 2033 FOR THE PURPOSES OF FUNDING CAPITAL FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENT FOR NON-PROFIT HUMAN SERVICES AGENCIES AND HOUSING AUTHORITIES WITHIN BOULDER COUNTY PROVIDING HEALTH, MENTAL HEALTH, TRANSITIONAL AND PERMANENTLY AFFORDABLE HOUSING, AND OTHER HUMAN SERVICES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO CHILDCARE AND EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION, BASIC NEEDS SUCH AS FOOD AND CLOTHING, AND SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES; AND SHALL THE PROCEEDS AND THE EARNINGS ON THE INVESTMENT OF THE PROCEEDS OF SUCH TAX CONSTITUTE A VOTER-APPROVED REVENUE CHANGE; ALL IN ACCORDANCE WITH BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS’ RESOLUTION NO. 2017-89?

YES ____NO ____

Election Result: PASSED (YES)


2017 County Issue 5A (Burgundy Park Public Improvement District of Boulder County Mill Levy Increase, Multiple-Fiscal Year Obligation Authorization and Formation):

SHALL BURGUNDY PARK PUBLIC IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT OF BOULDER COUNTY TAXES BE INCREASED $40,000 (ESTIMATE FOR TAX COLLECTION YEAR 2019) AND THEREAFTER BY THE DOLLAR AMOUNT PRODUCED FROM THE LEVY OF AN AD VALOREM PROPERTY TAX IMPOSED AT A RATE UP TO 16.597 MILLS, WITH THE ANNUAL TAX REVENUES (REGARDLESS OF DOLLAR AMOUNT) FROM SUCH MILL LEVY TO BE USED FOR COUNTY ROAD IMPROVEMENT PURPOSES WITHIN THE DISTRICT; AND, TO ACCELERATE THE TIMING FOR CONSTRUCTION OF THE ROAD IMPROVEMENTS, SHALL THE DISTRICT ENTER INTO A MULTIPLE-FISCAL YEAR OBLIGATION IN THE FORM OF A NO-INTEREST LOAN FROM BOULDER COUNTY IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $460,320, TO BE PAID FROM THE REVENUES OF THE TAX DESCRIBED ABOVE AND ANY OTHER SOURCES OF FUNDING LEGALLY AVAILABLE TO THE DISTRICT; AND SHALL THE TAX REVENUES DESCRIBED ABOVE, OTHER LEGALLY AVAILABLE FUNDING, IF ANY, AND THE INTEREST EARNINGS THEREON CONSTITUTE A VOTER-APPROVED REVENUE CHANGE AND AN EXCEPTION TO THE LIMITATIONS SET FORTH IN SECTION 29-1-301 OF THE COLORADO REVISED STATUTES OR ANY OTHER LIMITS WHICH MAY OTHERWISE APPLY; AND SHALL BURGUNDY PARK PUBLIC IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT OF BOULDER COUNTY BE ORGANIZED, ALL AS MORE PARTICULARLY SET FORTH IN BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS’ RESOLUTION 2017-88?

YES ____NO ____

Election Result: PASSED (YES)


2017 County Question 1B (Sheriff Term Limit Extension to Five Terms):

Shall the term limits imposed by state law and in Article XVIII, Section 11, of the Colorado Constitution on the office of Sheriff of Boulder County be modified so as to permit an elected officeholder in that office to seek and, if the voters of Boulder County choose to re-elect that person to a fifth term in office, to serve a fifth consecutive term?

Yes ____ No ____

Election Result: PASSED (YES)


2017 County Question 1C (Authorization to Provide Broadband Services):

Without increasing taxes, shall Boulder County be authorized to provide high-speed Internet service (advanced service), telecommunications service, and/or cable television service, including any new and improved high bandwidth services based on future technologies, utilizing existing or new County-owned infrastructure or facilities, to schools, libraries, residents, businesses, non-profit entities, and other users or subscribers of such services, either directly or indirectly, with public or private sector partners, as expressly permitted by Article 27, Title 29 of the Colorado Revised Statutes, entitled “Competition in Utility and Entertainment Services?”

Yes ____ No ____

Election Result: PASSED (YES)

Note about 1C:

The county commissioners put ballot measure 1C on the ballot in 2017 to address questions about the county’s ability to provide free Wi-Fi service in its county buildings for residents and visitors to use while attending meetings, events, or appointments. Senate Bill 152 requires that municipalities and local governments get approval from the voters to provide broadband and internet services; Thus, our legal sources indicated that we needed to get public approval to continue offering free Wi-Fi access in county buildings.

The county does not have plans to offer internet or broadband services beyond the free public Wi-Fi service that we provide in county buildings and public locations, including the Boulder County Fairgrounds.

Boulder County does not run a utility nor does it have the capacity to form a utility that could provide broadband services to unincorporated county residents.

Authorizing Resolutions for the 2017 Boulder County Ballot Issues

Resolutions 2017-88, 2017-89, 2017-90 & 2017-91 describing ballot measure proposals and referring ballot measures to the November 7, 2017, election, and Resolution 2017-92 setting the ballot titles for the measures referred.

1. Public Hearing: Resolution 2017-88; A Resolution of the Board of County Commissioners of Boulder County describing a proposal to authorize the formation of the Burgundy Park Public Improvement District of Boulder County; impose a mill levy within the District to pay the costs of repaving County roads within the District; authorize the District to enter a no-interest multiple-fiscal-year obligation to the County; authorize a voter-approved revenue change; and other matters related thereto.
ACTION: Adopted

2. Public Hearing: Resolution 2017-89; A Resolution of the Board of County Commissioners of Boulder County describing a proposal to extend the existing “Worthy Cause” 0.05% countywide sales and use tax; providing for the use of proceeds of such tax for capital improvements and equipment for human services and human service agencies; a voter-approved revenue change; and other matters related thereto.
ACTION: Adopted

3. Public Hearing: Resolution 2017-90; A Resolution of the Board of County Commissioners of Boulder County referring to the November 7, 2017, election ballot the question of extending the term limits for the office of the Boulder County Sheriff.
ACTION: Adopted

4. Public Hearing: Resolution 2017-91; A Resolution of the Board of County Commissioners of Boulder County referring to the November 7, 2017 election a question to authorize the County to provide high-speed Internet service (advanced service), telecommunications service, and/or cable television service, either directly or indirectly, with public or private sector partners, as permitted with voter approval by Article 27, Title 29 of the Colorado Revised Statutes.
ACTION: Adopted

5. Public Hearing: Resolution 2017-92; A Resolution of the Board of County Commissioners of Boulder County setting the ballot titles for measures for the November 7, 2017, election.
ACTION: Adopted

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