Dozens of local contests will reshape Colorado communities
The future of communities across Colorado will be shaped by more than 125 local ballot measures this year.
Why it matters: Colorado's population pressures are felt most acutely at the local level, where communities must decide how to manage resources and infrastructure as more people move in.
By the numbers: Voters in roughly 40 cities statewide are considering tax measures to fund future growth and development, CBS4 reports.
- Nearly a dozen — including Denver, Boulder and many mountain towns — are weighing housing issues, from limits on how many people can share a home to raising fees on short-term rentals.
Details: From tax increases for schools and police to parks and streets, money dominates local ballots this year.
- Castle Rock and Colorado Springs are posing sales tax questions for open space and trails.
- Lone Tree is asking for a tax hike to fund city services, and Littleton wants to raise taxes for capital improvement projects.
When it comes to the future of housing, Boulder voters will consider a measure to increase the number of people allowed to live in a home together — while Denver will weigh whether to lower its group living cap.
- Avon, Leadville, Ouray and Telluride will vote on taxes and extra fees on short-term rentals, many of which would fund community housing initiatives.
Of note: At least one city — Broomfield — will select what the future of municipal elections looks like, when voters decide whether to enact ranked-choice voting for mayor and city council elections.
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