Proposition CC and the November 2019 Ballot

2019 General Assembly referred Proposition CC to the November ballot

The ballot language set by House Bill 19-1257 states:

Without raising taxes and to better fund public schools, higher education, and roads, bridges, and transit, within a balanced budget, may the state keep and spend all the revenue it annually collects after June 30, 2019, but is not currently allowed to keep and spend under Colorado law, with an annual independent audit to show how the retained revenues are spent?

2019 General Assembly passed House Bill 19-1258 that allocates the retained revenue

  • The General Assembly appropriate one-third of the retained amount for higher education;
  • The General Assembly appropriate one-third of the retained amount for public schools, to be distributed on a per pupil basis and used only for nonrecurring expenses for the purpose of improving classrooms; and
  • The state treasurer transfer one-third of the retained amount to the Highway Users Tax Fund (HUTF).

CASB Board has endorsed Proposition CC

The CASB Board voted to support Proposition CC and a model resolution is now available for school districts to use as they consider local resolutions.

 

RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF PROPOSITION CC

WHEREAS, the ____________________ Board of Education believes that every student should have the opportunity to reach his or her full potential and to participate meaningfully in the civic and economic life of the community; and

WHEREAS, the Colorado way of life provides every student the chance to succeed regardless of their zip code or their learning needs; and

WHEREAS, quality public education develops a competitive workforce that will drive a vibrant Colorado economy for decades to come; and

WHEREAS, Colorado is experiencing a teacher shortage crisis and many teachers in rural districts do not make enough salary to meet the cost of living; and

WHEREAS, Colorado's investment in education is lagging behind other states and consistently ranks near the bottom in funding; and 

WHEREAS, education funding has not recovered from the recession; in the 2019-20 school year alone, Colorado schools are underfunded by $572 million, and the loss to the ______________ School District for 2019-20 is $_____________________.

WHEREAS, reduced funding is directly impacting the District’s ability to provide meaningful educational opportunities for all students; and

WHEREAS, the reduced funding also limits the Board’s ability to respond to parents and community input on the District’s programs and services, despite the Board’s great desire to engage with and respond to its community; and

WHEREAS, Proposition CC, a referred ballot measure through HB19-1957, states: Without raising taxes and to better fund public schools, higher education, and roads, bridges, and transit, within a balanced budget, may the state keep and spend all the revenue it annually collects after June 30, 2019, but is not currently allowed to keep and spend under Colorado law, with an annual independent audit to show how the retained revenues are spent?

WHEREAS, HB19-1258 allocates the retained revenue as follows: the General Assembly appropriate one-third of the retained amount for higher education; one-third of the retained amount for public schools, to be distributed on a per pupil basis and used only for nonrecurring expenses for the purpose of improving classrooms; and the state treasurer transfer one-third of the retained amount to the Highway Users Tax Fund (HUTF).

WHEREAS, Proposition CC does not raise the tax rate.

WHEREAS, the majority of local governments and school districts have asked and received permission from voters to invest the revenue already collected above current limits.

WHEREAS, Proposition CC gives local school boards greater ability to respond to parent and community input when considering how best to allocate the nonrecurring revenue for the purpose of improving classrooms; and

WHEREAS, if Proposition CC passes, the Board commits to focusing on the following priorities _______________________________ , while acknowledging that priorities will evolve as community engagement is an ongoing process and revenue from Proposition CC is not recurring; and

WHEREAS, the Board declares that Proposition CC is a matter of official concern;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the _______________ Board of Education officially declares its support for Proposition CC for the purpose of increasing funding of public education in the State of Colorado; and

The Board authorizes the expenditure of District funds to distribute a factual summary regarding Proposition CC, in accordance with the Fair Campaign Practices Act, C.R.S. 1-45-117.

ADOPTED AND APPROVED THIS ___________ day of ___________________, 2019.

Download the CASB sample resolution
Download the CASB sample resolution in Spanish
 

Individual District Fact Sheets

View Prop CC School District Fact Sheets
Spanish Prop CC School District Fact Sheets

Fact sheets are available in:

Amharic 
             
Nepali 
French 
             
Somali
English 
             
Spanish
Korean 
             
Vietnamese 
Mandarin 
               

 


Additional CASB Resources 

Legal Resources and Do's and Don'ts on Prop CC (member-only)
View the Blue Book Information on Prop CC 

If you have questions, please contact [email protected] Please submit any resolutions passed related to Proposition CC to [email protected]


Media stories related to Prop CC

Colorado Prop CC: What it means to give back your TABOR tax refund
The political stakes for Proposition CC are huge. It’s a test case for a major fiscal overhaul in Colorado.
‘Yes On CC’ Is Here: Will Voters Let Colorado Keep Their TABOR Refunds?
Prop CC campaign to keep taxpayers’ TABOR refunds finally launches
Update on Proposition CC (Colorado State University)
Colorado State University Board of Governors comes out in support of Proposition CC (The Coloradoan) 
TABOR faces a reckoning with Prop. CC. Here’s what you should know about its impact on state spending (Colorado Sun) 
Rolling back part of TABOR backed by 54% (The Denver Post) 
Is Colorado’s 2019 ballot question about TABOR spending caps really a tax hike? The answer is sort of. (Colorado Sun)

 


Links to Campaign Website Supporting and Opposing Prop CC

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