El Paso County Sheriff Sales Tax Increase Question (November 2012)

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AnEl Paso County Sherif Sales Tax Increase question was on the November 6, 2012 election ballot in El Paso County, which is in Colorado.

If approved, this question would authorizes El Paso County to increase sales tax by approximately .23% in order to raise $17 million dollars a year for the funding of public safety needs as requested by the El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa. This additional revenue would be used to fund Law Enforcement needs, Criminal Justice needs, Emergency Response needs. If this question is approved it would require the Sheriff to report annually on all of the revenue and expenditures resulting from this tax increase.[1]

Election results

1A-El Paso Public Safety Tax
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 167,702 64.17%
No93,65635.83%

Election results from El Paso County Current Election Results Summary

Text of measure

Language on the ballot:

SHALL EL PASO COUNTY TAXES BE INCREASED BY APPROXIMATELY $17 MILLION ANNUALLY TO DIRECTLY FUND THE URGENT PUBLIC SAFETY NEEDS IDENTIFIED BY EL PASO COUNTY SHERIFF TERRY MAKETA, THE CHIEF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL SERVING ALL RESIDENTS OF THE CITIES, TOWNS AND UNINCORPORATED AREAS WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES OF EL PASO COUNTY, AS CRITICAL TO PERFORMING HIS STATUTORY OBLIGATIONS TO ALL EL PASO COUNTY RESIDENTS, BY INCREASING THE COUNTY’S SALES AND USE TAX RATE BY TWENTY-THREE HUNDREDTHS OF ONE CENT ($0.0023) PER DOLLAR PURSUANT TO PART 1 OF ARTICLE 2 OF TITLE 29, COLORADO REVISED STATUTES; WHICH NEEDS ARE SPECIFICALLY IDENTIFIED IN THE AREAS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT, CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE, WITH ALL REVENUES GENERATED TO BE RESTRICTED TO THE FOLLOWING AND USED FOR NO OTHER PURPOSE:

1. LAW ENFORCEMENT NEEDS
• HIRING, EMPLOYING, TRAINING AND EQUIPPING ADDITIONAL PATROL DEPUTIES, INVESTIGATORS AND CIVILIAN SUPPORT STAFF
• CONDUCTING FIRE AND CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS
• REPLACING OBSOLETE AND FAILING COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT
• PURCHASING AMMUNITION, FUEL AND OTHER OPERATIONAL SUPPLIES AND EQUIPMENT
2. CRIMINAL JUSTICE NEEDS
• HIRING, EMPLOYING, TRAINING AND EQUIPPING ADDITIONAL DETENTION DEPUTIES, CIVILIAN SUPPORT STAFF AND COURT TRANSPORT PERSONNEL
• CONDUCTING CRIMINAL EXTRADITION
• REPLACING AGING VIDEO SURVEILLANCE AND VIDEO VISITATION SYSTEMS AT THE COUNTY JAIL
• PURCHASING OPERATIONAL EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES
• ADDRESSING ADDITIONAL SECURITY, SAFETY, OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE COSTS AT THE COUNTY JAIL
3. EMERGENCY RESPONSE NEEDS
• HIRING, EMPLOYING, TRAINING AND EQUIPPING ADDITIONAL EMERGENCY PLANNING AND OPERATIONS STAFF AND FUNDING EMERGENCY RESPONSES
• CONSTRUCTING AN EMERGENCY SERVICES VEHICLE RESPONSE CENTER
• PURCHASING A WILDLAND FIRE TRUCK AND ADDITIONAL FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES EQUIPMENT

WITH THE SHERIFF REQUIRED TO REPORT ANNUALLY TO THE CITIZENS OF EL PASO COUNTY ALL REVENUES AND EXPENDITURES RESULTING FROM SUCH TAX INCREASE; AND A CITIZENS’ ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO REVIEW ALL REVENUES AND EXPENDITURES RESULTING FROM SUCH TAX INCREASE; WITH ALL REVENUES GENERATED AND THE EARNINGS ON SUCH REVENUE TO BE COLLECTED AND SPENT EACH YEAR WITHOUT LIMITATION BY THE REVENUE AND SPENDING LIMITS OF, AND WITHOUT AFFECTING THE COUNTY’S ABILITY TO COLLECT AND SPEND OTHER REVENUES OR FUNDS UNDER, ARTICLE X, SECTION 20 OF THE COLORADO CONSTITUTION; WITH SUCH SALES AND USE TAX INCREASE BEING COLLECTED, ADMINISTERED AND ENFORCED PURSUANT TO EL PASO COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS RESOLUTION NO. 12-309; WITH SALES OF GROCERY FOOD ITEMS, PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS, FUELS FOR RESIDENTIAL UTILITIES AND OTHER GOODS AND SERVICES IDENTIFIED IN RESOLUTION NO. 12-309 BEING EXEMPT FROM SUCH SALES AND USE TAX INCREASE; WITH THE UNDERSTANDING THAT THE SHERIFF CAN AT ANY TIME RECOMMEND TO THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS A REDUCTION OR ELIMINATION OF SUCH SALES AND USE TAX INCREASE; AND WITH AN EIGHT-YEAR SUNSET PROVISION, SUCH SALES AND USE TAX INCREASE TERMINATING WITHOUT THE NEED FOR FURTHER ACTION ON JANUARY 1, 2021?[1][2]

Support

Those who support the increase of sales tax and increased sheriff budget argue that the money is truly needed to provide services to the entire county. The also point out that as population has grown by 60% since 1990 and calls for service have increased by 137%, while there are only 9 deputies per shift covering 1,898 square miles, patrol deputies and citizens are at risk because of slower response times and insufficient staffing.[1]

Opposition

Those who oppose the increase in sales tax argue that spending reform is required not a larger budget as the sheriff already gets 47% of the county general fund budget. They point out that there are many personnel on staff who receive larger salaries than the governor does and that many staff attorneys are overpaid and urge voters to take the side of keeping money in the local economy instead of throwing more of it into government spending.[1]

See also

Current Statewide

A 2013 statewide measure, Amendment 66, would authorize Colorado to increase taxes with an expected revenue increase of $950 million for school funding.[3]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 El Paso County Elections, Current Measures
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  3. Colorado Amendment 66

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