Littleton City Council has referred two questions to voters for the Nov. 7 ballot, both concerning the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, more commonly known as TABOR.
The first question would the city to keep the excess revenue for pavement improvements on residential streets ($1.4 million) and an intersection safety upgrade at Bowles Avenue and Federal Boulevard ($545,000). If voters do not approve, the revenue would be refunded “in a manner to be determined,” the city says.
No refund methodology is specified by TABOR.
The second question concerns adjusting the base used for calculating the TABOR limit. If voters approve the question, the revenue base would be updated to the 2016 level. If voters do not approve the question, there would likely be excess revenues in future years, which could not be spent by the city.
Under TABOR, a city must receive voter approval to spend revenues that exceed a specified limit based on 1992 revenues plus adjustments. For the 2016 fiscal year, Littleton’s revenues exceeded its TABOR limit by about $1.9 million. The excess must be refunded in the next fiscal year unless voters allow the city to retain it.
Since 1994, Littleton voters have approved TABOR questions five times. Projects funded by voter approval included safety improvements to Santa Fe Drive, the pedestrian underpass at the High Line Canal and County Line Road, purchase of open space, mini parks and recreation projects, Ketring Lake improvements, street improvements, upgrades to Fire Station No. 11, installation of a fire-suppression system at Bemis Library, school-zone signage conversion to fiber optics, improvements to the fire-training burn building, partial funding of fleet-building improvements and museum expansion.
TABOR is a 1992 amendment to the Colorado Constitution that establishes a revenue limit for local government spending. It is a formula combining the Consumer Price Index and the percentage change in local growth.
Littleton registered electors are invited to submit pro/con statements about the two referred questions to City Clerk Wendy Heffner by Sept. 22. She will summarize the statements for the Blue Book, which provides voters with the text, title and a fair and impartial analysis of each initiated or referred question on the ballot. It is mailed to every registered voter household.
Further information, including the ballot language, will be available at littletongov.org/TABOR.
2017 All Rights Reserved. Villager Publishing |