I’d like to share a few of my top election selections with you...
A new election season is upon us and ballots will start arriving in mailboxes in the next few days. There are dozens of decisions to be made this fall, from statewide ballot measures to city issues to school board candidates. I’d like to share a few of my top election selections with you:
YES on Denver Measures 2A-E: The RISE Denver infrastructure package will help power our economic recovery by making key investments all across our city, especially in underserved neighborhoods. Eighty-eight projects include new and renovated libraries, rec centers, parks and cultural venues; more protected bike lanes; and improved sidewalks and pedestrian crossings. The package will deliver refurbished historic buildings and housing and shelter for people experiencing homelessness. It also means a new arena on the National Western Center campus that will preserve the Stock Show for future generations and serve as a multi-use venue for high school sports, concerts and events. The arena will generate revenue for a new Community Investment Fund that will support the surrounding neighborhoods. Overall, the complete RISE Denver package will create 7,500 jobs and $1 billion in economic impact -- all without raising taxes. Please vote YES on 2A-E ([link removed]) .
NO on Denver Measure 2F: This measure would make it even more difficult and more expensive to live in Denver. It would limit the number of unrelated people – including adult roommates – who could live together to just two. This proposal would repeal the city’s new group living ordinance, which was developed over three years with significant community input and supported by 11 City Council members and dozens of local organizations. Let’s not make Denver the most restrictive place to live in Colorado. Vote NO on 2F ([link removed]) .
NO on Denver Initiative 300: This measure would increase Denver’s retail marijuana sales tax rate by 1.5% to fund pandemic research at CU-Denver’s CityCenter. While we continue to grapple with the impacts of COVID-19, adding a cost burden to just Denver voters seems unfair. Let’s rely on our national research institutions to do this work and share the responsibility more broadly than just Denver taxpayers. The Denver Post opposes this measure ([link removed]) , as do I. Vote NO on 300.
NO on Denver Initiative 303: While we all wish there were fewer people living in homeless encampments on our streets – and my administration is working tirelessly on this issue – this measure is not the solution. If passed, this measure will surely end up in court, costing untold taxpayer dollars in legal bills and further frustrating efforts to enact meaningful solutions to resolve homelessness. The Denver City Council is unanimously opposing 303. Vote NO on 303 ([link removed]) .
NO on Denver Initiative 304: This is one of the most destructive ballot measures I’ve ever seen. It would permanently ratchet down the city’s sales tax rate, triggering an immediate cut of up to $80 million from our budget and threatening police and fire protection, street repairs and trash-pickup services. What’s worse, programs previously approved by voters – including our pre-school, college affordability, healthy food for children, climate and homelessness programs – could be cut as well. The Denver City Council is unanimously opposing 304. Vote NO on 304 ([link removed]) .
Thank you for taking the responsibility to vote so seriously. This is the foundation of our democracy and I’m grateful for the opportunity to share my thoughts as you consider your vote.
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