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Colorado Definition of Fee Initiative (2014)

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A Colorado Definition of Fee Initiative did not make the November 4, 2014 ballot in Colorado as an initiated state statute or an initiated constitutional amendment. The measure sought to define a fee as as a voluntarily incurred governmental charge in exchange for a specific benefit conferred on the payer, in which the fee should reasonably approximate the payer's fair share of the costs incurred by the government in providing the specific benefit. It would have also prohibited ancillary or extraneous benefits of any fee from being considered when determining the value of a fee.[1][2]


Whether this measure would be an initiated state statute or an initiated constitutional amendment was unclear in the draft initiative. In the Legislative Council Staff and Office of Legislative Legal Services review and comment memorandum for this proposed initiative, an issue was raised with this measure's attempt to alter both state statutes and the Colorado Constitution. Section 1 of Article V of the Colorado Constitution requires all proposed initiatives to amend either the Colorado constitution or state law. The memo advised the proponents of the initiative that, "The proposed initiative should be revised to indicate whether it amends the Colorado constitution or the Colorado Revised Statutes and to show where in the constitution or statutes its provisions should be inserted."[1]


  • Lisa Brumfield, primary proponent
  • Peter Coulter, second proponent

Lisa Brumfield and Peter Coulter were also proponents for the following 2014 initiatives:

Coulter, additionally, was a proponent for Colorado No Clemency for Death Penalty by Governor Initiative (2014).

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See also: Laws governing the initiative process in Colorado

Whether the measure would have amended the constitution or state law, supporters would have had to gather 86,105 valid signatures by Monday, August 4 at 3:00 PM for the measure to appear on the ballot. While this proposed initiative had a ballot title set, its petition format was not approved making its placement on the 2014 ballot impossible.[3]

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