Vote YES for Ballot Issue #1 on the April City Ballot to help maintain critical City services like Street Maintenance, Police, Fire, Parks and other transportation throughout town.
Fort Collins is a great place to live, raise a family, work and play! We can all help it to stay great…without increasing taxes!
In 2010 voters approved a sales tax increase of .85% or 8.5 cents per $10 purchase. This 10-year tax (known as Keep Fort Collins Great) is scheduled to sunset on December 31, 2020. Now is the time to renew it to maintain service levels and our commitment to a high quality community at a fair price. This tax would start when the current one expires.
The Keep Fort Collins Great tax was allocated to these services:
|Split||What has the money been spent on in the last 8 years?|
|Streets||33%||Street Maintenance, Safe Routes Everywhere program|
|Transportation||17%||Bridge replacement, Buses, Dial-a-Ride, MAX bus service|
|Police||17%||Police officers, criminal investigations unit, police cars, body cams|
|Fire||11%||12 firefighter positions, dispatchers, fire engines and equipment|
|Parks and Recreation||11%||Playgrounds, trails, bridges, sidewalks, lights, shelters|
|Other Community Priorities||11%||Homelessness prevention, affordable housing units, West Nile prevention, floodplain and wetland restoration, and much, much more!|
The renewal of the tax will be used to fund these same services in the future, with an ongoing .6% tax and a renewable .25% tax expiring again in another 10 years. Both the .6% and the .25% tax will support essential City services…the .6% portion will be ongoing, keeping the City from continuing to ask voters to support core services.
WHY VOTE YES?
- These investments maintain services for public safety, transportation and roads, and the quality-of-life amenities that make Fort Collins special and great. These are core services that we don’t want to see cut in the future.
- This will continue an existing small tax. It equals 8.5 pennies on a $10 purchase or 85-cents on a $100 purchase. It’s paid by anyone who shops in Fort Collins.
- The City conducted public outreach on the renewal of this tax for over a year—the majority of people who commented support the renewal and continuing the service levels we all enjoy.
- Over the decades, the City has met all of the commitments to voters from voter approved taxes. These taxes have been spent just as promised. Ballot Issue #1 will again ask voters to invest in the community we care so much about. It’s by us, for us.
- Prescription drugs and grocery food are not taxed.
- These funds support parks, streets and public safety right in our neighborhoods.
Vote YES on tax Ballot Issue #1 to maintain the essential services we love! It is not a tax increase and is not a new tax. Look closely at your ballot and vote YES on this tax measure, which is different from the Charter Amendment #1.