I’ve had so many phone calls, emails and text messages asking questions about 2A that I thought I should send out some information. People have found the ballot question hard to read and way too long. I had urged Council to put a short version on the ballot with reference to the actual Resolution and to cover the details in the County’s Bluebook, which is not blue but follows the same structure as the Colorado Bluebook. That did not happen. I don’t presume to tell you how to vote, but this is what 2A does.
- Consolidation: 2A combines the 2% and 1% sales taxes that the City currently has and distributes the money differently.
- Accounting Funds: 2A establishes the additional funds that Council Member Hal Brown has been campaigning for. We now have 5 funds and I believe this would take the City to 8 funds.
- Street Fund: This measure would keep about 1/3 of city tax revenue going to streets, but would provide more flexibility to meet current needs between capital and maintenance. Carlisle-Farney has required 75% of street funds to go to capital and that requirement would go away, allowing more money to go into maintenance as needed. 2A does keep the Carlisle-Farney spending designation that includes street funds going to water and sewer pipe infrastructure. Street funds cannot be used for trails, but can be used for sidewalks.
- Economic Development: The City has previously had this category but the monies actually now go to the airport. The City would continue to fund the airport, but in a line item that says “airport.” This fund, which is only 2% of sales tax, could be spent on housing or creation of jobs.
- Fund Balances: Whatever is left over then goes into the Operating Budget, which pays salaries, utilities, and other fixed costs. Once money goes into a fund, it stays in that fund forever.
I hope this is helpful information. Link to Salida Sample Ballot