GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) — Elections are coming up in November, and there are two propositions on this year’s ballot, Proposition HH and Proposition II.
Proposition HH is tied to a Senate bill that would reduce property taxes and make a voter-approved revenue change, allowing Colorado to retain and spend revenues above the state cap. The state would otherwise be required to refund the extra revenue to residents, per the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR).
Proposition HH would also increase the state revenue cap and allocate extra revenue to local governments to make up for lower property tax revenues. A vote against Proposition HH opposes making changes to property taxes and state revenue limits.
Proposition II is to approve House Bill 23-1290, a funding retention rate reduction approved by voters as Proposition EE in 2020.
A vote yes on Proposition II is a vote to allow the state to keep extra revenue from cigarettes, tobacco, and nicotine products and require the state to spend it on preschool programs. Officials say this would not raise existing taxes.
A vote no opposes this measure and requires the state to refund $23.65 million to tobacco and nicotine product wholesalers and distributors and reduce the tobacco tax rate by 11.53%.
Elections are November 7, and if you’re mailing in your ballot, it must be received by 7 p.m. on election day. You can also choose to vote in person. Ballot drop boxes and in-person voting sites can be found on Mesa County’s website.