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Boulder County 1A Ballot Issue Worthy Cause 0.05% Countywide Sales and Use Tax Extension

WITH NO INCREASE IN ANY COUNTY TAX, SHALL THE COUNTY'S EXISTING 0.05% SALES AND USE TAX FOR HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES BE EXTENDED TO AND INCLUDING DECEMBER 31, 2033 FOR THE PURPOSES OF FUNDING CAPITAL FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENT FOR NON-PROFIT HUMAN SERVICES AGENCIES AND HOUSING AUTHORITIES WITHIN BOULDER COUNTY PROVIDING HEALTH, MENTAL HEALTH, TRANSITIONAL AND PERMANENTLY AFFORDABLE HOUSING, AND OTHER HUMAN SERVICES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO CHILDCARE AND EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION, BASIC NEEDS SUCH AS FOOD AND CLOTHING, AND SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES; AND SHALL THE PROCEEDS AND THE EARNINGS ON THE INVESTMENT OF THE PROCEEDS OF SUCH TAX CONSTITUTE A VOTER APPROVED REVENUE CHANGE; ALL IN ACCORDANCE WITH BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS' RESOLUTION NO. 2017-89?Yes NoMAJOR PROVISIONSThis issue, referred to the voters by the Boulder County Commissioners, seeks to extend an existing Sales and Use Tax of 0.05% (5 cents on a $100 purchase) for funding of capital projects for county non-profit human services agencies and housing authorities. The extension would be for 15 years to 2033. There would be no increase in total sales and use taxes based on this issue. BACKGROUNDThis Sales and Use Tax of 0.05%, due to expire in December 2018, was first passed in 2000, extended in 2003 and extended again in 2008. Qualifying capital projects for non-profit organizations include building purchases, remodeling and debt reduction. Within the first three years of funding, $3.5M of the funds are projected to go to permanently affordable housing throughout the county; senior and aging services, including but not limited to Meals on Wheels; and new and expanded health and mental health services throughout the county. Any remaining revenues will go into a funding pool available through an annual competitive application process.
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Those IN FAVOR say: 1. The tax helps nonprofits provide basic health and human services to those most in need in Boulder County while the cost to do so continues to rise. 2. Availability of these funds allows nonprofits to generate greater funds through investments, grants and donations. 3. Services of nonprofits promote self-sufficiency for low-income county residents strengthening our workforce.
No organized opposition has been identified.

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