Telluride CARE Sales Tax Increase Measure (2009)
The Telluride Town Council decided on July 14, 2009, in a 5-1 vote, to let the voters decide if a .6 percent sales tax increase should be imposed. According to the proposal, the increase would generate approximately $655,000 and would be divided up into three areas that are significant to supporting Telluride's tourist economy. The proposal would not be permanent and would only be imposed during a 7 year span.
The reason behind the CARE tax increase was to continue to strengthen the arts and special events in the Telluride area.
The measure was defeated.
The ballot language read as follows:
Shall the Town of Telluride sales and use taxes be increased $700,000 in 2010 (the first full fiscal year of collection) and by whatever additional amounts are raised annually thereafter, from the levy and collection by the town of an additional six tenths of one percent (.60%) sales and use tax to be deposited into a special fund of the town and utilized specifically to promote and support community arts, recreation and events ("care tax") in particular those services and programs provided by the town commission for the community assistance, arts and special events (C.C.A.A.S.E.) and the town park and recreation department; subject to the following:
- Not less than 50% but not more than 65% of the revenue generated from such tax shall be dedicated to services and programs of the town commission for community assistance, arts and special events (C.C.A.A.S.E.) and other council authorized public service grants and
- The remainder of such revenue shall be utilized by the town for other "care" grants and park and recreation purposes;
Such sales and use tax to commence on January 1, 2010 with such tax expiring on December 31, 2016; and shall the proceeds of such taxes and investment income thereon be collected, retained and spent by the town as a voter-approved revenue change in 2010 and in each year thereafter, without regard to any spending, revenue-raising or other limitation contained within Article X, Section 20 of the Colorado Constitution, or any other law?