Polis has been quiet since the proposition failed on election night. The measure failed with more than 60% of voters rejecting it.
However, high property taxes still loom over Colorado property owners.
Thursday morning, Polis announced that he would be making a “major announcement” at 10:15 a.m. Polis walked into the meeting, grabbed a pair of safety goggles and a bat and smashed a glass case to grab the plan B on property taxes.
Polis called the General Assembly to meet on Nov. 17 at 9 a.m. to address rising property taxes. The governor signed the executive order that would call for the special session during his announcement.
During the special session, Polis is asking the legislature to tackle providing immediate relief for Coloradans who are at risk of receiving 40-50% increases in their property tax bill.
“Passing legislation as soon as possible will enable us to stand up this critical program in time for this summer and access approximately $35 million in federal benefits,” said Polis.
Opponents of Prop HH, like FOX31 analyst and conservative Michael Fields, said lawmakers should come up with simple solutions like a short bill that satisfies the need to lower property taxes.
Where will Colorado find money for tax relief?
The governor said he wants lawmakers to work fast to deliver immediate property tax relief, asking them to figure out how the state would make up property tax revenue that usually funds services.
“We have the general fund — that’s the $200 million — and there’s the TABOR (Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights) surplus, and there is the reserve,” Polis said. “I mean, I’m not aware of any other pots of money. If there are any, we are certainly open to them, but those are the ones that have been identified. If somebody thinks of other ideas, we are totally open to them. So we’ve said including these possibilities, but not limited to them, so if there are other ways of paying for property tax relief, we’re open to them.”
Polis said he talked to Republican leaders at the state Capitol about his call for a special session, but some Republicans said he did not share any details about feasible plans to lower property taxes.
FOX31’s Gabrielle Franklin spoke with Senate Minority Whip Barbara Kirkmeyer.
“I think the governor should have had a conversation with the Joint Budget Committee before he starts throwing out these ideas, and to my knowledge, he has not,” Kirkmeyer said. “I mean, I’m the ranking Senate Republican on the Joint Budget Committee, and I have not had one discussion with the governor’s office on this. So again, I’m very disappointed that the governor is in this mode. Apparently, his mode of operation is do everything behind the door on the first floor and then just throw it out there and see what lands.”
Polis is also tasking lawmakers with passing legislation that enacts a federal program to provide food and nutrition benefits to more than 300,000 children during the summer months starting in 2024.