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The City of Colorado Springs will have a Special Municipal Election in coordination with the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder’s November 2, 2021 election. 

Contact the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder with questions on voter registration and and other information on this election.  

Issue 2C TOPS Tax Extension and Increase

All active registered voters in the in the City of Colorado Springs city limits will be eligible to vote on this referred item: City Council referred this item to the ballot on August 10, 2021.  

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SHALL CITY TAXES BE INCREASED $11,134,000 ANNUALLY BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2022, AND BY WHATEVER AMOUNTS ARE RAISED IN YEARS THEREAFTER, BY INCREASING THE RATE OF SALES AND USE TAX DEDICATED TO TRAILS, OPEN SPACE AND PARKS (TOPS) FROM ITS CURRENT RATE OF .1% (ONE TENTH OF A CENT), OR ONE (1) PENNY ON EVERY TEN (10) DOLLAR PURCHASE, TO .2% (TWO TENTHS OF A CENT), OR TWO (2) CENTS ON EVERY TEN (10) DOLLAR PURCHASE, EXCEPT FOR PURCHASES OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS, FOOD, AND OTHER PURCHASES EXEMPTED FROM SALES TAX, WITHOUT CHANGING THE PURPOSES WHICH INCLUDE: 

  • PRESERVING FRAGILE ECOSYSTEMS, NATURAL AREAS, SCENIC VISTAS AND AREAS, FISH AND WILDLIFE HABITATS AND CORRIDORS, AND IMPORTANT AREAS THAT SUPPORT BIODIVERSITY, NATURAL RESOURCES AND LANDMARKS; 
  • CONSERVING NATURAL RESOURCES SUCH AS WATER AQUIFER RECHARGE AREAS, SURFACE WATER, AND FOREST LANDS; 
  • ACQUIRING, DEVELOPING AND MAINTAINING OPEN SPACE LANDS AND TRAILS; AND 
  • ACQUIRING, DEVELOPING AND MAINTAINING PARKS; 

WITH ALL EXPENDITURES BASED ON RECOMMENDATIONS OF AN ADVISORY COMMITTEE AND SUBJECT TO INDEPENDENT AUDIT; WITH NO MORE THAN FIVE PERCENT (5%) OF REVENUES DERIVED TO BE USED FOR ADMINISTRATION, PLANNING AND PROGRAM MANAGEMENT, AND NO MORE THAN TWENTY-FIVE PERCENT (25%) FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS OF ALL CITY PARKS, TRAILS AND OPEN SPACE LANDS, AND THE REMAINING REVENUE DIVIDED INTO FORTY PERCENT (40%) USED FOR ACQUISITION, DEVELOPMENT AND MAINTENANCE OF ALL PARKS, THIRTY PERCENT (30%) FOR ACQUISITION, DEVELOPMENT AND MAINTENANCE OF ALL TRAILS, AND THIRTY PERCENT (30%) FOR ACQUISITION, DEVELOPMENT AND MAINTENANCE OF ALL OPEN SPACE LANDS, REGARDLESS OF HOW ACQUIRED; AND WITH THE INTENT OF THE VOTERS THAT MONIES DERIVED FROM THE INCREASE SHOULD NOT OFFSET ANY EXPENDITURES FROM THE GENERAL FUND; AND EXTENDING THE EXPIRATION OF THE TOPS SALES AND USE TAX TO AND UNTIL DECEMBER 31, 2041; THE ABOVE CONSTITUTING A VOTER-APPROVED REVENUE CHANGE AND EXCEPTION TO ANY CONSTITUTIONAL, STATUTORY AND CHARTER REVENUE AND SPENDING LIMITATIONS THAT MAY OTHERWISE APPLY? 

____ Yes 

____ No 

Issue 2D TABOR Retention

All active registered voters in the in the City of Colorado Springs city limits will be eligible to vote on this referred item: City Council referred this item to the ballot on August 24, 2021.  

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WITHOUT IMPOSING ANY NEW TAX OR INCREASING THE RATE OF ANY EXISTING TAX, SHALL THE CITY OF COLORADO SPRINGS BE PERMITTED TO RETAIN AND SPEND UP TO $20,000,000 TO CREATE A CITY-WIDE AND REGIONAL WILDFIRE MITIGATION AND PREVENTION PROGRAM TO BE MANAGED BY THE COLORADO SPRINGS FIRE DEPARTMENT, THIS AMOUNT BEING THE ESTIMATED 2021 REVENUES ABOVE THE 2021 FISCAL YEAR REVENUE/SPENDING LIMITATIONS, AND ANY FUTURE INTEREST RECEIVED THEREON, OF WHICH NO MORE THAN 5% OF THE BALANCE OF THE FUND WILL BE SPENT ANNUALLY, AND FOR CITY FISCAL YEAR 2022 AND THEREAFTER, THE AMOUNT ALLOWED BY CITY REVENUE AND SPENDING LIMITATIONS SHALL BE THE TOTAL ANNUAL REVENUES RECEIVED IN 2021, ADJUSTED IN EACH FISCAL YEAR THEREAFTER FOR INFLATION AND CITY GROWTH AS PROVIDED BY CHARTER, AS VOTER APPROVED REVENUE CHANGES AND EXCEPTIONS TO ANY CONSTITUTIONAL, STATUTORY AND CHARTER REVENUE AND SPENDING LIMITATIONS THAT MAY OTHERWISE APPLY?

_____     Yes

 

_____     No

Issue 6B Proposed Colorado Springs Briargate General Improvement District 2021

City Council referred a question to form the Colorado Springs Briargate General Improvement District 2021 on August 10, 2021. Only active registered voters and property owners within the proposed district boundary are eligible to vote on this question:

SHALL COLORADO SPRINGS BRIARGATE GENERAL IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT 2021 TAXES BE INCREASED $1,462,683 ANNUALLY BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2022, AND BY WHATEVER AMOUNTS ARE RAISED THEREAFTER, BY THE IMPOSITION OF A MILL LEVY IMPOSED ON ALL TAXABLE PROPERTY LOCATED WITHIN THE DISTRICT OF NOT MORE THAN 4.409 MILLS, SOLELY FOR THE PURPOSE OF FUNDING THE DISTRICT'S OPERATIONS, MAINTENANCE, AND OTHER REASONABLE EXPENSES, AS MAY BE DETERMINED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS; AND SHALL THE DISTRICT BE PERMITTED TO COLLECT, RETAIN AND SPEND ALL REVENUES DERIVED THEREFROM AS A VOTER-APPROVED REVENUE CHANGE AND EXCEPTION TO ANY CONSTITUTIONAL, STATUTORY AND CITY CHARTER REVENUE AND SPENDING LIMITATIONS WHICH MAY OTHERWISE APPLY:

  • AND WITH THE INTENT OF THE VOTERS THAT MONIES DERIVED FROM THE TAX INCREASE SERVE AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO AND REPLACEMENT FOR THE BRIARGATE SPECIAL IMPROVEMENT MAINTENANCE DISTRICT MILL LEVY SO THAT THE PROPERTIES CURRENTLY PAYING THE BRIARGATE SPECIAL IMPROVEMENT MAINTENANCE DISTRICT MILL LEVY WILL NOT SEE AN OVERALL INCREASE IN TAXES; AND
  • ANY FUTURE INCREASE IN THE PROPOSED DISTRICT’S MILL LEVY WILL REQUIRE FUTURE VOTER APPROVAL;

AND SHALL COLORADO SPRINGS BRIARGATE GENERAL IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT 2021 BE ORGANIZED?

 

_____ Yes

_____ No