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CO Proposition 117 - Voter Approval for Certain Fee Based Enterprises

Shall there be a change to the Colorado Revised Statutes requiring statewide voter approval at the next even-year election of any newly created or qualified state enterprise that is exempt from the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, Article X, Section 20 of the Colorado constitution, if the projected or actual combined revenue from fees and surcharges of the enterprise, and all other enterprises created within the last five years that serve primarily the same purpose, is greater than $100 million within the first five fiscal years of the creation or qualification of the new enterprise?Voter Approval for Certain Fee Based EnterprisesThis proposal amends the Colorado Revised Statutes to require voter approval for some fee based enterprises.Major Provisions:Requires voter approval for state enterprises which have or are projected to have revenues of more than $100 million from fees in the first five fiscal years; andCombines the revenue collected for enterprises which are created simultaneously or within the preceding five years and serve the same purpose when calculating the amount of revenue.Background:The Colorado Constitution defines a state enterprise as a government-owned business which issues bonds and receives less than 10% of its annual revenue from the state. It receives its revenue in return for providing a good or service. This definition was included in the 1992 TABOR amendment.Since 1992 the number of state enterprises has risen from 6 to 22, and the amount of enterprises funds grew from $742 million dollars in 1993 to $17.9 billion in 2018. Enterprises range from Division of Wildlife (began in 1992) to the Front Range Waste Diversion Enterprise (began in 2019). All of these entities charge fees for services only from the persons using those services and none of that revenue is treated as taxes that fund general services. These revenues do not count toward the TABOR revenue limit.Many counties and municipalities in Colorado also operate enterprises. This proposal does not affect any of them.The proposal will require voter approval of any new enterprise that is projected by legislative fiscal personnel to receive fee revenue of more than $100 million in its first five years. If an enterprise actually receives funds in the first five years in excess of $100 million, it will have to get voter approval. After the first five years, it will not have to go to the ballot. If more than one enterprise is created which serves essentially the same person, all of their funds will be added together to measure for the $100 million voting threshold. If passed, this legislation will go into effect January 1, 2021. It will impact only the enterprises authorized after that date._________________________________Proposición 117Aprobación del Electorado de Ciertas Iniciativas Basadas en TarifasEsta propuesta enmienda las Leyes Reformadas de Colorado para requerir la aprobación del electorado de algunas iniciativas basadas en tarifas.Las Provisiones Principales:Requiere la aprobación del electorado de iniciativas estatales que tienen o se proyecta que tendrán ingresos de más de $100 millones por medio de tarifas dentro de sus cinco primeros años fiscales; yCombina los ingresos cobrados por iniciativas que son creadas simultáneamente o dentro de los cinco años precedentes, y que sirven el mismo propósito cuando se calcula la cantidad de ingresos.Trasfondo:La Constitución de Colorado define a una iniciativa estatal como un negocio del gobierno que emite fianzas y recibe menos de 10% de sus ingresos anuales del estado. Recibe sus ingresos a cambio de proporcionar un bien o un servicio. Esta definición fue incluida en la enmienda TABOR de 1992.A partir de 1992, el número de iniciativas estatales ha incrementado de 6 a 22, la cantidad de fondos de iniciativas incrementó de $742 millones de dólares en 1993 a $17.9 mil millones en 2018. Las iniciativas varían desde la División de la Vida Salvaje (establecida en 1992) a la Iniciativa de Desvío de Desechos del Front Range (establecida en 2019). Todas estas entidades cobran tarifas por servicios solo a las personas que utilizan aquellos servicios y ninguna parte de los ingresos está sujeta a impuestos que financian servicios generales. Estos ingresos no cuentan como parte del límite sobre ingresos de TABOR.Muchos condados y municipalidades en Colorado también operan como iniciativas. Esta propuesta no afecta a ninguno de ellos.Esta propuesta requerirá la aprobación del electorado de cualquier nueva iniciativa que es proyectada por el personal fiscal legislativo para recibir ingresos por medio de tarifas que equivaldrán a más de $100 millones durante sus primeros cinco años. Si una iniciativa realmente recibe fondos que excedan los $100 millones durante los primeros cinco años, tendrá que ser aprobada por el electorado. Después de los primeros cinco años, no tendrá que ser incluida en la papeleta. Si se crea más de una iniciativa que sirva esencialmente a la misma persona, todos los fondos serán sumados y medidos juntos ante el límite electoral de $100 millones. Si se aprueba, esta legislación, se ejecutará el 1ro de enero de 2021. Sólo impactará a las iniciativas autorizadas a partir de esa fecha.

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Contact phone Americans for Prosperity Colorado Issue Committee 703-244-3200 ---- Voter Approval of Fees 720-218-9478
1. Fees are growing exponentially and this revenue falls outside of TABOR limitations. Use of enterprise fees is just a way to get around TABOR (Tax Payer's Bill of Rights).

2. To make legislators accountable. this money should be made subject to oversight. Voting on fees puts the power in the people’s hands. These fees are no different than taxes and should undergo voter approval.
Contact phone Earthworks Action Fund 303-733-2956 --- Protect Colorado’s Recovery 303-570-5446
1. Enterprise rules were approved under TABOR and are operating now as they were intended.

2. The enterprise fees make those who use the services provided pay for them, not all taxpayers.