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City of Loveland Ballot Issue 2A

This ballot measure was defeated. For complete unofficial results, go to https://www.larimer.org/clerk/elections/resultsBALLOT LANGUAGEAuthorizing an additional sales and use tax of 1% to be imposed beginning January 1, 2021, except that the sale of food for home consumption remains taxed at 3%, to support the city's public safety, infrastructure and capital equipment, and operations and maintenance Shall city of Loveland taxes be increased not more than $21,130,000 annually in the first fiscal year of collections (2021) and by whatever amounts are raised annually thereafter by an additional sales and use tax of one percent (1%), thereby raising the city sales and use tax from three percent (3%) to four percent (4%), provided that the sale of food for home consumption shall be excluded from any such additional sales and use tax increase and remain taxed at the current rate of three percent (3%), commencing January 1, 2021, provided that the increased revenues shall be used solely for the following purposes at the following percentages: For public safety at twenty percent (20%), To acquire, construct, and maintain the city's infrastructure and capital equipment at fifty percent (50%), and For municipal operations & maintenance at thirty percent (30%); With all spending reported in the city's annual independent audit published on the city's website; and shall all the tax revenues and investment earnings thereon be collected, retained and spent as a voter-approved revenue change pursuant to Article X, Section 20 of the Colorado Constitution?==========================================================BALLOT ISSUE 2ATo impose an additional sales and use tax of one percent, to support the city’s public safety, infrastructure and capital equipment, and operations and maintenance.KEY PROVISIONSAn additional sales and use tax of one percent, except on food for home consumption, would be imposed beginning January 1, 2021.BACKGROUNDThe City of Loveland is currently experiencing a budget shortfall as a result of increased services and costs over time. The COVID-19 pandemic, and subsequent recession, has exacerbated the decline in sales and use tax collections. The total projected budget shortfall for 2021 is approximately $15 million. An increase in sales tax revenue would help to balance the 2021 budget and mitigate the impact of the pandemic-caused recession. The proposed increase would raise the city’s sales tax, which has remained at 3% since 1984, to 4%, while leaving the sales tax on grocery food for home consumption unchanged.The city council has passed an ordinance which directs the management and allocation of the revenue from the proposed 1% sales tax increase to address the revenue shortfall without specific allocation to any category for fiscal years 2021, 2022 and 2023. Beginning in fiscal year 2024 the funds would be allocated as follows:Public safety (20 percent) Acquire, construct, and maintain the City’s infrastructure and capital equipment (50 percent)Municipal operations and maintenance (30 percent)A City of Loveland staff estimate indicates that the tax increase would generate approximately $18.3 million in its first year and $236.8 million over the next decade.==========================================================PREGUNTA DE LA PAPELETA 2AImponer un impuesto adicional sobre las ventas y el uso del uno por ciento, para respaldar la seguridad pública de la ciudad, la infraestructura y los equipos de capital, y las operaciones y el mantenimiento.DISPOSICIONES CLAVEA partir del 1 de enero de 2021 se impondría un impuesto adicional sobre las ventas y el uso del uno por ciento, excepto sobre los alimentos para el consumo doméstico.HISTORIALLa ciudad de Loveland está experimentando actualmente un déficit presupuestario como resultado del aumento de servicios y costos a lo largo del tiempo. La pandemia de COVID-19 y la recesión subsiguiente han exacerbado la disminución de la recaudación de impuestos sobre las ventas y el uso. El déficit presupuestario total proyectado para 2021 es de aproximadamente $ 15 millones. Un aumento en los ingresos por impuestos a las ventas ayudaría a equilibrar el presupuesto de 2021 y mitigar el impacto de la recesión causada por la pandemia.El aumento propuesto elevaría el impuesto a las ventas de la ciudad, que se ha mantenido en 3% desde 1984, al 4%, mientras que dejaría sin cambios el impuesto a las ventas de alimentos comestibles para el consumo doméstico.El ayuntamiento aprobó una ordenanza que dirige la administración y asignación de los ingresos del aumento propuesto del 1% del impuesto a las ventas para abordar el déficit de ingresos sin asignación específica a ninguna categoría para los años fiscales 2021, 2022 y 2023. A partir del año fiscal 2024, el los fondos se asignarían de la siguiente manera:1) Seguridad pública (20 por ciento)2) Adquirir, construir y mantener la infraestructura y los bienes de capital de la Ciudad (50 por ciento)3) Operaciones y mantenimiento municipal (30 por ciento)Una estimación del personal de la ciudad de Loveland indica que el aumento de impuestos generaría aproximadamente $ 18,3 millones en su primer año y $ 236,8 millones durante la próxima década.

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  • No - Against the Measure

THOSE OPPOSED SAY

The city of Loveland should look into other revenue sources rather than increase taxes. Specifically mentioned were tourist-boosting efforts and the resulting increased revenue.

The burden of an increased sales tax would be too great during the current COVID-19 pandemic.