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Manitou Springs measures will ask to extend tax to pay for parks

September 8, 2015 Updated: September 8, 2015 at 6:32 pm
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photo - Seven Minute Spring Park in Manitou Springs. Photo from City of Manitou Springs.
Seven Minute Spring Park in Manitou Springs. Photo from City of Manitou Springs. 

Manitou Springs will ask voters in November to help ensure that money from property and sales taxes earmarked for use in city parks and public lands will continue to go for that same purpose through 2032.

Questions 2F and 2G on El Paso County's Nov. 3 ballot would extend the expiration of taxes in Manitou Springs from Dec. 31, 2020 to the end of 2032. According to preliminary wording that may appear on the ballot, the deadline extension would come "without raising or increasing" existing tax rates for "acquisition and care of lands, for preservation of open space, new parks and scenic vistas in and around the city."

Those ballot measures highlight Manitou's portion of the November ballot, which also asks whether votes would permit the city to retain $57,993 in left over money from retail marijuana sales tax that would otherwise be given back by way of a temporary reduction in retail pot tax, an option set forth by the Colorado Taxpayer's Bill of Rights

Voters in Colorado Springs and Monument will also vote on retaining money that could go back to the taxpayers via TABOR.

Colorado Springs would like to use $2,100,000 of excess money from the 2014 tax year for improving multi-use park trails. The city will also ask voters for a five-year, temporary 0.62 percent increase in sales and use tax that would raise $50,000,000 toward road repairs.

Monument wants to retain the "full amount of town revenues generated from all sources" for 2016 to 2019 for use on parks and senior services.

Palmer Lake, and the Elbert and Hanover fire protection districts are asking voters for tax increases to bolster their fire departments and emergency services.

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