Oct 26, 2021 - News

1-minute voter guide: Denver bond measures 2A, 2B, 2C and 2D

A ballot being dropped into the Denver skyline.

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Denver is seeking voter approval to issue $450 million in bonds with total spend up to $775 to pay off the debt.

By the numbers: The money is split between five priorities:

  • 2A would dedicate $104 million to upgrading facilities, such as the zoo, Botanic Gardens and science museum, and the build-out of two new libraries.
  • 2B would spend another $38.6 million on addressing homelessness through new and upgraded shelters.
  • 2C would put $63.3 million into expanding sidewalks and bike lanes, as well as construction costs to realign Morrison Road for a new cultural and arts district.
  • 2D would allocate another $54.1 million toward two new parks in Northeast and South Denver, and make improvements to other recreation facilities.
  • 2E would earmark $190 million for improvements to the National Western Center campus, including the construction of a new arena.

In favor: Denver Mayor Michael Hancock is the force behind the new spending projects, saying it will help revitalize the city's economy and create jobs.

In opposition: No organized obstruction is apparent to the bond package, but residents near the National Western Center have expressed concern about the steep price tag of the new arena and suggested the money could be better spent elsewhere.

  • Others have shared concern about spending more money on areas with dedicated taxes and existing bond revenue.

For more on bond question 2E, read our voter guide.


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