Voters Nix Tax Proposals on Lengthy Ballot

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Denver (AP) Colorado voters said no to tinkering with taxes and defining when human life begins in this year's election. But they did back a proposal opening the door to round-the-clock gambling.

Voters faced a total of 14 statewide ballot proposals, just shy of the record 15 set two years ago.

All the measures that would have brought in more tax revenue or changed how the money is divvied up have been defeated or appeared to be in trouble.

Voters rejected eliminating a tax credit for oil and gas companies, Amendment 58, to raise an estimated $321 million in the first year. They also said no to another measure to divert more severance tax dollars to pay for highways and raise the state sales tax to pay for services for the developmentally disabled.

Amendment 59 also appeared to be in trouble. It would eliminate surplus refunds under the taxpayers bill of rights to provide more funding for education.

Voters did take a chance on Amendment 50, which would allow Black Hawk, Cripple Creek and Central City to hold their own elections on whether casinos could raise betting limits from $5 to $100, operate 24 hours a day, and add other games. If the towns make those changes, the extra revenue would go to them and the state's community colleges.

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