All Eyes on Amendment 66 and Proposition AA Decisions for the 2013 Election
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- From increased school funding to taxing retail marijuana, Tuesday's Coordinated Election could result in significant financial impacts for all Colorado residents.
However, recent research shows that some of the ballot questions are so confusing that many people don't understand what they are voting for.
Amendment 66 proposes a state income tax increase of over $950 million, costing the average family an estimated $133 annually.
The ballot measure re-writes Colorado's School Finance Act to correct funding imbalances that state education officials say have grown worse over time.
All of the funding would go towards Colorado public schools in an effort to hire new teachers and decrease class size, along with improving several other programs.
If it passes, Amendment 66 would be the largest voter-approved tax increase in state history.
Meanwhile, Proposition AA proposes two separate taxes on the sale and purchase of retail marijuana to help fund construction projects for public school facilities.
The measure proposes a fifteen percent excise tax that would only be imposed when the product is first sold from a retail cultivation facility.
Secondly, the sales tax would increase from 2.9 percent to 12.9 percent for any product purchased at a retail marijuana shop.
Despite these important ballot questions, voter turnout in Mesa County has been right around average compared to previous coordinated elections.
As of Monday afternoon, the Mesa County Clerk and Recorder's Office received 32,600 ballots in the mail.
Residents have until 7 p.m. Tuesday evening to turn in their ballots at one of the following locations:
- Department of Human Services
- Mesa County Central Services
- Fruita Civic Center
- Mesa County Courthouse
- Clifton Motor Vehicle