300, the Denver College Affordability Fund, Is a Photo Finish

As of 1pm the day after the election Initiated Ordinance 300 is behind by just 43 votes. This is out of 79,175 for and 79,218 against. With more than 6,000 undervotes and 21 overvotes (Source: DenverGov) a recount seems incredibly likely.

With four other tax increases on the ballot this effort may have just been one too many for Denver voters. Also, opponents raised the issue of if this should be a function of city government. Though language was submitted to the blue book to oppose this measure there was no organized campaign against it other than statements made by the usual suspects.

The rest of the Denver tax increases, 2A, 301, 302, and 7G passed by wide to significant margins.

Parks – 61.44% yes
Mental Health – 68.11% yes
Childhood Healthy Meals – 57.42% yes
Flood Control – 60.04% yes (Denver alone)

District Wide
Flood Control – 55.35% yes (source: Denver Post)


About DENependent

Independent voter interested in the analysis of the "whys" of politics. Resident of Denver, Coloradan since 1980.

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  1. JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

    I just went to look. Still a narrow margin, but outcome shifted.

    Initiated Ordinance 300


    83,029 votes ,,,,, 50.14%


    82,550 votes ,,,, 49.86%


    6,816  3.95%


    22  0.01%

    • DENependent says:

      479 votes. Dang. Not as close, but still razor thin at 0.28% between winning and losing. I voted against this one so I am disappointed, but that's democracy sometimes.

      • VoyageurVoyageur says:

        I voted no as well.  Five tax increases in one city in one election is demented.

        But I am glad the mental health issue passed.

        • DENependent says:

          Going wider as the last ballots are counted. Over 1% now.

          Tax increases in Denver, while not exactly popular, are voted for if the cause sounds good. On the whole.

          For me, it is not the number of tax increases, but rather their total and kind. A property tax increase seems more widespread and difficult to avoid and so feels fairer to me. And would be even better if it could be made progressive so that someone with a $800,000 home is paying a higher rate than someone with a $150,000 one.

          • VoyageurVoyageur says:

            Agreed.  I worry that city businesses will lose sales to unincorporated suburban tax islands or the Internet.  I could have supported several of these as a property tax.

            Also, while not strictly progressive, the property tax is proportional and the Gallagher Amendment means business pays about four times the rate residences do.

            That's a problem too, and at some point the state is going to have to untangle the gallagher\tabor\school finance, etc. Mess.

            • DENependent says:

              We may fiercely disagree on other things, but we are as of one mind about the need to fix the Gallagher/Tabor/23/etc. mess.

              Otherwise we are going to keep getting government by cute workarounds using fees and accounting magic, at least at the state level.

  2. davebarnesdavebarnes says:

    Where is the Denver Big Line for 2019?

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