Election results from the Colorado Municipal League

41 cities and towns throughout the state held regular or special elections on Nov. 7. Here’s a wrap-up of the various measures from Sam Mamet, executive director of the Colorado Municipal League.

Financial measures

Aspen voters approved a sales tax for the school district.
Boulder voters approved a five-year excise tax extension for a climate action plan and a 20-year sales tax extension for parks and open space.
Calhan voters approved a sales tax for street improvements.
Fleming and Holly voters approved a sales tax for the general fund.
Lafayette and Louisville voters approved sales tax extensions for open space.
Manitou Springs voters approved a property tax increase to join a library district.
Nucla voters approved a sales tax extension for urgent medical care.
Rifle voters approved a sales tax increase for a water treatment plant.

Firestone voters rejected a sales tax for parks and streets.
Fountain voters rejected a property tax for a fire station and staffing.
Walsenburg voters rejected a property tax increase for the general fund.

Questions to retain and spend excess revenues under TABOR

• Passed in Castle Pines, Centennial, and Denver.

Debt questions

Larkspur voters approved $2.9 million for water well improvements.

• Aurora voters rejected $74 million for transportation-related projects.
• Erie voters rejected $6.2 million for a public safety facility (vote is very close; there may be a recount).


• Amendment 64 on the legalization of marijuana passed.
• Both Fort Collins and Berthoud voters approved medical marijuana operations in their municipalities (Fort Collins overturned a previous voter-approved ban on medical marijuana).


Longmont voters approved a fracking ban.
Edgewater voters approved a question to merge its fire department with the Wheat Ridge Fire Protection District.
Fort Lupton voters approved the question to modify term limits for the offices of mayor and council.
Yampa voters approved reducing the number of trustees from six to four, plus the mayor.
• Voters in Aspen, Commerce City, Durango, and Longmont approved franchises for gas and/or electricity utilities.

Nucla voters rejected the ability for the town to post publicly — rather than publish — various bills and contracts
Evans and Walsenburg voters rejected questions to appoint rather than elect the clerk and treasurer.
Snowmass Village voters rejected an advisory question on regulating plastic bags.
Aspen voters rejected an advisory question regarding a hydroelectric facility.

CML is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization established in 1923 and represents the interests of 265 cities and towns. For more information, please visit www.cml.org.


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