Colorado Obsolete Land Value Increases, Referendum M (2008)

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The Colorado Obsolete Land Value Increases Constitutional Provision Referendum, also known as Referendum M, was on the November 2008 ballot in Colorado as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure eliminated obsolete constitutional provisions regarding land value increases. The removed provision dealt with giving tax breaks to landowners who plant trees on their land and was no longer in use.[1][2] It was referred to the ballot via House Concurrent Resolution 08-1009.[3]

Election results

Colorado Referendum M (2008)
Approveda Yes 1,307,770 62.26%

Election results via: The Colorado Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[2][4]

Shall section 7 of article XVIII of the state constitution concerning outdated, obsolete provisions regarding land value increase be repealed?[5]

Full text

The full text of the constitutional changes approved by Referendum M was:

SECTION 1. At the next election at which such question may be submitted, there shall be submitted to the registered electors of the state of Colorado, for their approval or rejection, the following amendment to the constitution of the state of Colorado, to wit:

Section 7 of article XVIII of the constitution of the state of Colorado is repealed as follows: Section 7. Land value increase - arboreal planting exempt. The general assembly may provide that the increase in the value of private lands caused by the planting of hedges, orchards and forests thereon, shall not, for NOTE: This bill has been prepared for the signature of the appropriate legislative officers and the Governor. To determine whether the Governor has signed the bill or taken other action on it, please consult the legislative status sheet, the legislative history, or the Session Laws.

SECTION 2. Each elector voting at said election and desirous of voting for or against said amendment shall cast a vote as provided by law either "Yes" or "No" on the proposition: "SHALL SECTION 7 OF ARTICLE XVIII OF THE STATE CONSTITUTION CONCERNING OUTDATED, OBSOLETE PROVISIONS REGARDING LAND VALUE INCREASE BE REPEALED?"

SECTION 3. The votes cast for the adoption or rejection of said amendment shall be canvassed and the result determined in the manner provided by law for the canvassing of votes for representatives in Congress, and if a majority of the electors voting on the question shall have voted "Yes," the said amendment shall become a part of the state constitution.[4][5]



Sponsors of the measure included:

  • State Representative Kent Lambert, R-Colorado Springs
  • State Representative Bob Gardner, R-Colorado Springs
  • State Representative Steve King, R-Grand Junction
  • State Representative Marsha Looper, R-Calhan
  • State Representative Kevin Lundberg, R-Berthoud
  • State Representative John Soper, D-Thornton
  • State Representative Debbie Stafford, D-Aurora
  • State Representative Amy Stephens, R-Monument
  • State Senator Dave Schultheis, R-Colorado Springs

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