Campaign 2003 Preview

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On Tuesday, Colorado voters will decide a few key issues. Several local questions and school races are also on the ballots.

State Elections Director Bill Compton predicted overall voter turnout at 30 percent to 40 percent---about average. But as of last week, El Paso County Election officials said they were disappointed in the early voting turnout, and predicted a lower-than-average number of voters on election day.

On the statewide ballot, there are three issues:

  • Amendment 32, which raises property taxes from 7.96% to 8% for the 2005 property tax year.
  • Amendment 33, which would allow video lottery machines at five dog racetracks in the state.
  • Referendum A, which allows the Colorado Water Conservation Board to borrow up to $2 billion for dams, reservoirs and other water storage projects.

    On the El Paso County ballot:

  • Question 1A, which would increase taxes to help pay for services for the mentally and physically disabled.
  • Question 5A, which increases property taxes in the Pikes Peak Library District for 6 new library branches, and the renovation and expansion of 10 others.
  • Question 2A, which increases the sales tax in Manitou Springs to pay for improvements for trails, sidewalks and other civic projects.

    On the Pueblo County ballot:

  • Question 2A, which raises the city sales and use tax for a new police facility.
  • Question 2C, which would amend the Pueblo Smoke Free Air Act to exempt businesses that get less than 60% of their revenue from food sales.

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