SHALL CITY AND COUNTY OF DENVER SALES AND USE TAXES BE INCREASED BY $45.94 MILLION ANNUALLY, COMMENCING JANUARY 1, 2019, AND BY WHATEVER ADDITIONAL AMOUNTS ARE RAISED ANNUALLY THEREAFTER, FROM A TWENTY-FIVE ONE-HUNDREDTHS OF ONE PERCENT (0.25%) SALES AND USE TAX RATE (2.5 CENTS ON A TEN-DOLLAR PURCHASE), THAT WILL NOT BE COLLECTED ON SALES OF FOOD FOR HOME CONSUMPTION OR PRESCRIPTION DRUGS, TO BE EXPENDED SOLELY ON:

– ACQUIRING ADDITIONAL LAND FOR PARKS, TRAILS, AND OPEN SPACE;
– DEVELOPING, IMPROVING, AND MAINTAINING NEW AND EXISTING PARKS, TRAILS AND OPEN SPACE, INCLUDING DENVER’S MOUNTAIN PARKS;
– RESTORING AND PROTECTING WATERWAYS, RIVERS, AND STREAMS;
– PURCHASING, PLANTING, AND CARING OF TREES; AND
– OPERATING AND MAINTAINING ANY RELATED ADDITIONAL ACQUISITIONS AND CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS,

AND, IN CONNECTION THEREWITH, SHALL NO MORE THAN FIVE PERCENT (5%) OF THE TOTAL ANNUAL REVENUES DERIVED FROM THE INCREASE IN SALES AND USE TAX BE SPENT ON ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS RELATED TO THE ABOVE PURPOSES; AND SHALL THE MONIES DERIVED FROM THE INCREASE IN SALES AND USE TAX NOT BE USED TO OFFSET ANY CURRENT OR FUTURE REVENUE EXPENDITURES FROM THE GENERAL FUND; AND SHALL THE REVENUES FROM THESE INCREASED TAXES BE COLLECTED AND SPENT IN EACH FISCAL YEAR BY DENVER WITHOUT REGARD TO ANY EXPENDITURE, REVENUE-RAISING, OR OTHER LIMITATION CONTAINED WITHIN ARTICLE X, SECTION 20 OF THE COLORADO CONSTITUTION OR ANY OTHER LAW?

We have a one pager that you can print available here. Once we know our ballot number we will have additional materials.

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018. All registered voters will receive a ballot in the mail in advance of Election Day.

This measure on the November 2018 ballot would dedicate 0.25 percent sales and use tax for Denver’s neighborhood parks, mountain parks, rivers, canals, trails and open space to ensure that everyone in Denver has access to healthy parks and rivers. 

Having healthy parks and rivers in Denver improves our quality of life and is an important investment in our future. Denver’s population is soaring, with more than 850,000 people expected to live in Denver within 20 years; this fund will allow us to plan better for growth in the future and preserve the good quality of life we all appreciate about our city. The longer we wait to restore and maintain our parks, the more it will cost us in the long run. By making investments today, we can avoid more costly problems in the future, and leverage millions of dollars in matching funds. Every county in the Metro Area except Denver has a local dedicated fund for parks, trails and natural areas; we are missing out. Our parks and rivers provide affordable recreation close to home for everyone.  

This new funding would be used solely for:  

  • developing and improving parks, including Denver’s mountain parks, open space and trails 
  • restoring and protecting waterways, rivers, canals and streams 
  • purchasing, planting and maintenance of trees 
  • acquiring new land for parks, open space and trails 
  • operating and maintaining additional acquisitions and capital improvements 

This is the culmination of a ten-year grassroots effort that is now being led by Denver Council President Jolon Clark and Denver Councilwoman Kendra Black joined by a diverse coalition of neighborhood groups and park advocates. It was referred to the November ballot by Denver City Council on July 16th. 

The Healthy Parks and Rivers for Everyone ballot initiative would raise over $45 million in its first year of collection, with only 30% coming from Denver residents. A 0.25 percent sales and use tax is equivalent to 25 cents on a $100-dollar purchase. This increase would not be collected on purchases of food for home consumption or prescription drugs. It is estimated to cost the average Denver household $35/year, or about $3/month. 

This ballot initiative will allow Denver to get ahead of growth, get our fair share of matching Colorado Lottery funds, and address our $127 million backlog of repairs to our parks and rivers. This measure will retain and improve our quality of life, making crucial investments now and for future generations. 

Here is the powerpoint presentation that was given to Denver City Council.

Here is the ordinance that City Council passed.