Ballots for the Fort Collins municipal elections will be mailed to people the week of October 16th. Fort Collins residents will be voting for Mayor and for council district seats 2, 4, and 6. They will also be voting on several ballot questions, including two that would increase taxes to pay for city services.
As a 501(c)3 organization, NCALF cannot endorse or oppose candidates for City Council, but we have gathered candidate responses to a questionnaire we circulated in September and October. Additionally, we have taken a position on one of the two tax questions. Candidate questionnaire results and our position on the tax question are provided below.
City Initiated Ballot Issue 1: NCALF SUPPORTS. A “yes” vote would increase the sales tax rate 0.5% to fund parks and recreation facilities, the climate program, and the transit program. The City estimates that a family of four would see their sales taxes increase by an average of $156 per year. NCALF notes that this tax increase would not fully fund the City’s climate or transit programs, and advocates that additional “polluter pays” taxes be developed later to help pay for these programs.
City Initiated Ballot Issue 2: NCALF was unable to develop a consensus position on this issue. A “yes” vote would increase the property tax rate by 3 mills to increase funding for City affordable housing initiatives. We do note that Coloradans voted to dedicate 0.1% of income tax revenue to affordable housing programs by approving Proposition 123 in 2022.