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Colorado pot legalization advocates won the state-wide war, but the first of the local battles has just begun Feb 14, 2014

By Josh Altic

Although 55% of Colorado voters approved Amendment 64 in 2012, legalizing recreational marijuana according to state law, voters localizing marijuana in city and county jurisdictions may have a different majority opinion. In the wake of Amendment 64, the rest of the nation will be watching as local governments throughout Colorado handle state-wide legalization. Now that the issue has come to the forefront of politics across the nation, voters will inevitably become directly involved with measures either affirming legal marijuana or seeking to purge it from their communities. Many measures could be in response to municipal laws, which have already begun to spring up in jurisdictions across Colorado. Over 30 city councils and county commissions have already passed ordinances putting a temporary or permanent stop to retail marijuana in their jurisdictions.

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Many city councils and county commissions have already passed ordinances putting a temporary or permanent stop to retail marijuana in their jurisdictions... Manitou Springs, Colorado, however, will feature the first local ballot measure allowing voters to opt out of recreational pot dispensaries.

These local jurisdictions include:[1]

  • Weld County
  • Otero County
  • Morgan County
  • Garfield County
  • Fremont County
  • El Paso County
  • Douglas County
  • Cañon City
  • Castle Pines City
  • Colorado Springs City
  • Durango City
  • Erie City
  • Broomfield City
  • Estes Park City
  • Fort Collins City
  • Fort Morgan City
  • Glenwood Springs City
  • Grand Junction City
  • Greeley City
  • Lafayette City
  • Lamar City
  • Longmont City
  • Montrose City
  • Norwood City
  • Palmer Lake City
  • Paonia City
  • Pueblo City
  • Thornton City
  • Vail City
  • Wheat Ridge City
  • Windsor City
  • Woodland Park City
  • Dillon Town
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School bond and tax votes

See also: School bond and tax elections in Colorado

Colorado has two different types of ballot measures that are required under two different laws. The first is the Taxpayer Bill of Rights from 1992, which became Section 20 of Article 10 of the Colorado Constitution. Under TABOR, local voter approval is required if the school district wants to exceed its tax levy above the normal rate of inflation set by the consumer price index. The second law is the School Finance Act of 1994. Under the act, voter approval is required when a school district wants to exceed the limit for raising its Total Program Budget. The Total Program Budget is a combined budget that includes the district's general fund, special education and other costs. A school district that wants to exceed the previous year's Total Program Budget by more than 125% must put a plan before the voters. This type of ballot measure has rarely been used; it is considered to be a last resort option. Colorado law imposes limits on when school districts can hold special elections. Colorado only allows special elections in even numbered years on pre-established general and primary election days in May and November. In odd-numbered years, special school district elections can only occur on the first Tuesday in November. School districts that want to exceed their TABOR limit can sometimes combine this request with a city TABOR request.

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