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Clear Creek County voters cast votes on multiple ballot issues, and as of 7:15 p.m., votes are favoring ballot issue 1A, favoring ballot issue 2B, and favoring ballot issue 2A.
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Clear Creek County voters cast votes on multiple ballot issues, and the most recent polling numbers show that votes will pass ballot issue 1A, ballot issue 2B and ballot issue 2A.
As of the evening of Nov. 9, ballot issue 1A has 3,212 yes votes. Passing this measure will allow the county to use a minimum of 60% of the revenue from the existing lodging tax to support housing and childcare for the tourism-related workforce, including seasonal and other community employees. A maximum of 40% of this tax revenue will continue to be used for advertising and marketing local tourism.
Ballot issue 2B currently has 464 votes in favor. If passed, the measure will increase taxes in Idaho Springs $900,000 in 2023 and by whatever additional amounts are raised annually in each subsequent year through a one percent increase in the city sales tax rate. Starting on Jan. 1, 2023, the revenues from the one percent increase will be used for the purpose of funding water and wastewater capital improvement projects and reducing the impacts of potential future rate increases to customers, and all tax revenues will be collected, retained and spent as a voter-approved revenue change.
Ballot issue 2A is the closest race so far, with 464 yes votes and 301 no votes. Passing this measure will increase taxes in Georgetown $225,000 in 2023 and by whatever additional amounts are raised annually in each subsequent year through a two percent town sales tax on lodging services. Starting on Jan. 1 2023, the revenues from the two percent increase will be solely used to support activities of the town’s business promotion commission, organization, promotion, marketing and management of public events, as well as supporting the tourism industry in numerous ways.
These ballot measures could mean more support for the county that is struggling to attract and retain workers.
Election results will be updated on election night, Nov. 8, and, as necessary, on Nov. 9 or later. Check back for the latest results.
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