Pueblo City Ballot Question No. 2A
(EXTENSION OF THE ONE-HALF CENT SALES TAX FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT) WITHOUT RAISING ADDITIONAL TAXES, SHALL THE EXISTING ONE-HALF PERCENT CITY SALES AND USE TAX RATE FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BE EXTENDED FOR A FIVE-YEAR PERIOD FROM ITS CURRENT EXPIRATION OF DECEMBER 31, 2021 THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2026 BY ADOPTING ORDINANCE NO. 9764, THE REVENUES THEREFROM TO BE SPENT TOGETHER WITH ALL INVESTMENT INCOME THEREON AS A VOTER-APPROVED REVENUE CHANGE AND AN EXCEPTION TO THE LIMITS WHICH WOULD OTHERWISE APPLY PURSUANT TO ARTICLE X, SECTION 20 OF THE COLORADO CONSTITUTION OR ANY OTHER LAW, AND BY CONTINUING TO DEDICATE THE REVENUES FROM THE ONE-HALF PERCENT SALES AND USE TAX RATE FOR PRIMARY JOB CREATING CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS WITHIN THE CITY AND THE PUEBLO MEMORIAL AIRPORT BOUNDARIES, CREATING A SPECIAL FUND FOR THE DEPOSIT OF SUCH REVENUES, AND FINDING AND DETERMINING THAT THE EXPENDITURE OF SUCH REVENUES FOR PRIMARY JOB CREATING CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS ARE PUBLIC PURPOSES AND MUNICIPAL FUNCTIONS? SUMMARY: If approved by the voters the City of Pueblo will continue a ½ cent sales tax set to extend from December 31, 2021 until December 31, 2026. From the revenues of this sales tax a special fund will be created, and the revenues will be spent for primary job creating capital improvement projects in the City of Pueblo and Pueblo Memorial Airport.
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1. This ballot question is to extend the one-half cent sales and use tax for five years from the current expiration on December 31, 2021 to December 31, 2026.
2. Citizens of Pueblo first approved this tax in 1984 and have voted to extend this tax seven times since then.
3. The tax revenues generated from the one-half cent sales and use tax must be used for capital improvement projects which create new primary jobs within the City of Pueblo and the Pueblo Memorial Airport boundaries. The revenues from this tax are held in a special fund.
4. The Mayor and City Council must approve all payments from the special fund at public meetings. The special fund cannot be used to pay the City’s administrative expenses or the salaries of City employees.
5. Over the past 36 years, revenues from this tax have created thousands of new jobs and assisted local small businesses to expand and have been used to build and improve public infrastructure related to primary job capital improvement projects. Recently a portion of the tax has been used by the city to help local business to recover from COVID-19.
1. 2A is a complex issue because of the large number of approved ordinances which are included from years past that change the terms and conditions and how the City Council can spend the funds in the one-half percent fund account. This is very confusing for voters.
2. It is generally believed that the one-half percent fund money is used to recruit companies that strictly offer primary jobs, this is not always true. Examples: Convention Center, Evraz, shell buildings, maintenance of city buildings, PEDCO, COVID-19 fund.
3. The program under which the one-half percent fund operates has not made Pueblo wealthier society. Pueblo is the poorest city of its size in the state of Colorado.
4. Sales taxes are regressive taxes and the burden is most heavily carried by the poor and middle class.
5. It is time to redefine primary jobs and create opportunities other than in manufacturing and distribution.
6. COVID has been hard on Pueblo and a decrease in sales tax would be helpful to residents.
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