The November 2023 ballot will include two state issues while the Fort Collins City Council has placed five items on the November 7, 2023 ballot. The state issues relate to Property Taxes and Retaining Taxes on Cigarettes, Tobacco & Other Nicotine Products while the local issues relate to Limits of Holding Council Office, Relating to Referendum & Petition Requirements, Requirements that Certain Employees Live in FC, a New .50% Sales Tax to Fund Parks, Climate & Transit and a New 3 Mill Property Tax to Fund Affordable Housing. Three of the issues will change our City Charter.
After in-depth review by staff, the Local Legislative Affairs Committee (LLAC), the Northern Colorado Legislative Alliance (NCLA) and the Board, the Fort Collins Area Chamber has elected to take the following positions on issues:
|Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce Position Summary|
|For the Election November 7, 2023|
|Ballot Issue||Issue Title||Chamber Position|
|Proposition HH||Property Tax Changes and Revenue Change Measures||Oppose|
|Proposition II||Retaining Taxes on Cigarettes, Tobacco & Other Nicotine Products||Not Reviewed|
|City-Initiated Charter Amendment No 1||Limits of Holding Council Office||No Position|
|City-Initiated Charter Amendment No 2||Relating to Referendum & Petition Requirements||No Position|
|City-Initiated Charter Amendment No 3||Requirement that Certain Employees Live in FC||No Position|
|City-Initiated Ballot Issue Question No 1||.50% Sales Tax to Fund Parks, Climate & Transit||Oppose|
|City-Initiated Ballot Issue Question No 2||3 Mill Property Tax to Fund Affordable Housing||No Position|
We invite our members to dive deeper into each of these issues, including considering the thought guides that were created for each issue (and are attached above). As well, we provide the following letter that was sent to City Council on August 15. It outlines much of the thought process and vision setting by the Chamber related to the two local funding issues:
At the Nov. 8, 2022 General Election, Fort Collins voters approved a Charter Amendment moving the regular City election to November in odd-numbered years. In 2023, the election will be conducted as a part of the Larimer County Coordinated Election.
Ballots will be mailed the week of October 16, 2023
- City of Fort Collins
- City of Fort Collins November 7, 2023 Election
- State of Colorado Ballot Book
- The Fort Collins Coloradoan
- Understanding the Ballot: The Facts About Fort Collins’ Biggest Issues (Created by Common Sense Institute)
- Common Sense Institute Resources on Proposition HH
- Proposition HH – Getting Past the Headlines
- 2023 State Issue Ballot Guide Produced by C3
Please note: The Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to provide education, information and analysis of local issues and candidates specifically for its members. The opinions expressed in this website are meant to give Chamber members a perspective that advocates for the business community and the city’s overall quality of life, and to give members insight into the potential impacts of local issues and candidates. No Chamber Dues or Funds are being contributed to any of the issue campaigns.