Colorado Tax and Fee Increases Funding Transportation Projects, Initiative 1 (1997)

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The Colorado Tax and Fee Increases for Funding Transportation Projects Initiative, also known as Initiative 1, was on the November 4, 1997 ballot in Colorado as an initiated state statute, where it was defeated. The measure would have increased funding for the Transportation Department through increases in the fuel excise tax by 5¢ per gallon, the motor vehicle registration fee by $10 and a new tax of $100 on the initial registration of certain motor vehicles[1]

Election results

Colorado Initiative 1 (1997)
Defeatedd No585,05584.21%
Yes 109,663 15.79%

Election results via: The Colorado Legislative Council

Text on the Ballot

The language appeared on ballot as:[1]

State taxes shall be increased $172.8 million annually in the first full fiscal year of implementation, and by whatever additional amounts are raised annually thereafter, until the earlier of December 31, 2010, or the completion of projects described in the program approved on August 15, 1996, by the Colorado Transportation Commission, by an amendment to the Colorado Revised Statutes concerning transportation funding, and, in connection therewith, increasing the fuel excise tax by 54 cents per gallon; increasing the motor vehicle registration fee by $10; imposing a new tax of $100 on the initial registration of certain motor vehicles; creating the Colorado Long Term Highway Needs Account and the Colorado Long Term Multi-Modal Transportation Needs Account; authorizing the study and implementation, if feasible, of toll roads to the extent that the revenues available are not sufficient to carry out the purposes of the measure; specifying the revenues to be deposited therein, the amount of revenues allocated to the state, counties, and municipalities, the transportation purposes for which the revenues may be expended, and that such revenues be collected and spent by the state, counties, and municipalities as a voter-approved revenue change under article X, section 20 of the Colorado Constitution.[2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Colorado State Legislative Council, "Ballot History," accessed February 20, 2014
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.