Colorado Sales Tax Increase, Referendum A (1993)

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The Colorado Sales Tax Increase Referendum, also known as Referendum A, was on the November 2, 1993 ballot in Colorado as a legislatively-referred state statute, where it was defeated. The measure would have reinstated the 0.2 percent sales tax on tourist-related items, including lodging services, restaurant food and drinks, ski lift admission, private tourist attraction admission, passenger automobile rental, and tour bus and sightseeing tickets. It would have reinstatement of tourism-related sales taxes that were eliminated by a TABOR amendment. The funds from this tax would have been used for statewide tourism marketing and promotional programs by the Colorado Tourism Board.[1]

Election results

Colorado Referendum A (1993)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No338,54655.18%
Yes 274,989 44.82%

Election results via: Colorado State Legislative Council, Ballot History

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

Shall state taxes be increased by $13,100,000 annually in the first full fiscal year of implementation, and by $13,100,000 as adjusted for inflation plus the percentage change in state population for each fiscal year after the first full fiscal year of implementation, by reinstating the 0.2 percent sales tax on tourist-related items, including lodging services, restaurant food and drinks, ski lift admission, private tourist attraction admission, passenger automobile rental, and tour bus and sightseeing tickets for the purpose of funding statewide tourism marketing and promotional programs under the Colorado Tourism Board in order to assist future tourism growth and promote Colorado's continuing economic health?[2]

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