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State Sales Tax Increase for Services for People with Developmental Disabilities

Colorado Ballot Measure - Amendment 51

Election: General Nov. 4, 2008 (General)
Outcome: Failed

Business and Consumers
Health and Health Care


Amendment 51 proposes amending the Colorado statutes to: - increase the state sales and use tax from 2.9 percent to 3.0 percent on July 1, 2009, and from 3.0 percent to 3.1 percent on July 1, 2010; - direct that the new money be used to pay for services for people with developmental disabilities and to help eliminate the waiting lists for services; - prohibit the legislature from reducing the current level of state funding for services for people with developmental disabilities; and - exempt the new money from state spending limits.

Measure Text

State taxes shall be increased $185.1 million annually after full implementation by the amendment to the Colorado Revised Statutes concerning an increase in the state sales and use tax to provide funding for long-term services for persons with developmental disabilities, and in connection therewith, increasing the rate of the state sales and use tax beginning on July 1, 2009, by one-tenth of one percent in each of the next two fiscal years; permitting the state to retain and spend all revenues from the new tax, notwithstanding the state spending limit; requiring an amount equal to the net revenue from the new tax to be deposited in the newly created Developmental Disabilities Long-Term Service Cash Fund; requiring the money in the fund to be used to provide long-term services for the persons with developmental disabilities; and prohibiting reductions in the level of state appropriations in the annual general appropriations bill existing on the effective date of this measure for long-term services for persons with developmental disabilities.


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