Change Address

VOTE411 Voter Guide

Town of Berthoud Ballot Question 3B

This ballot measure passed. For complete unofficial results, go to https://www.larimer.org/clerk/elections/resultsBALLOT LANGUAGEAffirming the Town of Berthoud's right to provide internet, telecommunication, and cable television services.Without increasing taxes, shall the citizens of the Town of Berthoud re-establish the Town's right to provide all services restricted by Title 29, Article 27 of the Colorado Revised Statutes, described as "advanced services", "telecommunications services", and "cable television services", including any new and improved broadband and high-speed internet services and facilities based on future technologies, either directly or indirectly, with public and/or private sector partners, to residents, businesses, schools, libraries, non-profit entities and other users of such services?==========================================================BALLOT QUESTION 3B To authorize the town of Berthoud to provide telecommunication services, high speed internet services, and/or cable television services either directly or indirectly, with public or private sector partners.KEY PROVISIONSThe town of Berthoud would opt-out of Colorado SB152 which prohibits local governments from providing cable television services, telecommunications services, or high-speed internet services, unless such services are authorized by the voters.BACKGROUNDIn 2005 the Colorado General Assembly enacted Senate Bill 05-152 (SB152) which prohibits local governments from providing cable television services, telecommunication services, or high-speed internet services either directly or indirectly, unless such services are authorized by the electorate. SB152 prohibits most uses of municipal funds for improving local broadband service without first going to a vote and receiving approval from voters to opt-out. As of January 2019, a total of 40 counties and 102 municipalities in the state of Colorado have opted out of SB152.A voter approved exemption from SB152 would allow the town of Berthoud to evaluate all possibilities for municipal broadband services.The town of Berthoud has stated that it is not prepared to provide broadband services and does not currently have a plan to do so. Opting out of SB152 would not increase taxes or obligate Berthoud to provide broadband infrastructure or services. It would simply remove the prohibition on expending public funds to provide service and would allow the Town to explore and develop plans in the future.==========================================================PREGUNTA DE LA PAPELETA 3BAutorizar a la ciudad de Berthoud a proporcionar servicios de telecomunicaciones, servicios de Internet de alta velocidad y / o servicios de televisión por cable, ya sea directa o indirectamente, con socios del sector público o privado.DISPOSICIONES CLAVELa ciudad de Berthoud optaría por no participar en Colorado SB152, que prohíbe a los gobiernos locales proporcionar servicios de televisión por cable, servicios de telecomunicaciones o servicios de Internet de alta velocidad, a menos que dichos servicios estén autorizados por los votantes.HISTORIALEn 2005, la Asamblea General de Colorado promulgó el Proyecto de Ley del Senado 05-152 (SB152) que prohíbe a los gobiernos locales proporcionar servicios de televisión por cable, servicios de telecomunicaciones o servicios de Internet de alta velocidad, ya sea directa o indirectamente, a menos que dichos servicios estén autorizados por el electorado. SB152 prohíbe la mayoría de los usos de los fondos municipales para mejorar el servicio local de banda ancha sin antes ir a una votación y recibir la aprobación de los votantes para optar por no participar. A Enero de 2019, un total de 40 condados y 102 municipios en el estado de Colorado optaron por no participar en SB152.Una exención aprobada por los votantes de la SB152 permitiría a la ciudad de Berthoud evaluar todas las posibilidades de los servicios municipales de banda ancha.La ciudad de Berthoud ha declarado que no está preparada para proporcionar servicios de banda ancha y actualmente no tiene un plan para hacerlo. La exclusión voluntaria de SB152 no aumentaría los impuestos ni obligaría a Berthoud a proporcionar infraestructura o servicios de banda ancha. Simplemente eliminaría la prohibición de gastar fondos públicos para brindar servicio y permitiría a la Ciudad explorar y desarrollar planes en el futuro.

Click a candidate icon to find more information about the candidate. To compare two candidates, click the "compare" button. To start over, click a candidate icon.

  • Yes - For the Measure

THOSE IN FAVOR SAY

This measure will not increase taxes or obligate Berthoud to provide infrastructure or services but rather remove the prohibition so such actions can be considered in the future. Local options should remain open and local citizens should be the ones to make the decisions on how best to improve connectivity within their communities.

Other Colorado communities have voted to opt out of the law, and networks such as Longmont’s have been successful.