Ballots to Be Mailed This Week
Broomfield voters will have several local ballot initiatives to consider this November, including a few issues written into the same question.
Mailing of ballots begins this week (Oct. 15, 2018), and processing of them begins Oct. 22.
In-person voting will open Oct. 22 and continue through 7 p.m. Nov. 6 .
Broomfield’s Ballot Question 2B reads “Shall the Charter for The City and County of Broomfield be amended in order to modernize its terms by making the language of the Charter gender neutral, allowing for electronic notice of special meetings to city council members, providing for the posting of written notice of special meetings in a designated public location?”
In a July public meeting, Ward 5 Councilwoman Guyleen Castriotta asked staff to prepare a modification to the charter to change the pronouns, which are currently male, to gender neutral pronouns.
Castriotta was reviewing the Broomfield charter to better understand the powers of council after she was elected and “couldn’t help but notice” the exclusive use of masculine pronouns when referencing the mayor and council members.
“It’s annoying,” Castriotta said. “I couldn’t overlook it. I thought ‘why haven’t they changed this sooner?’”
Women make up one-half of the current council, she said, which is the most balanced it has ever been.
“By using only masculine pronouns, that means that half of our current city council is being misgendered,” she said. “If you want to show someone dignity or respect you call them by a pronoun they say is right to them.”
Adams 12 Five Star School District
On Aug. 22, the district’s Board of Education approved the placement of a $27 million mill levy override on the November 2018 ballot.
Board members also passed a resolution in support of Amendment 73, the statewide education funding measure that would raise $60 million for Adams 12 Five Star Schools.
The district said the board’s approval of the two comes after a “successful year of engagement with parents, community members, students and staff to develop a new strategic plan that will continue to elevate student success in the Five Star District.”
On the Nov. 6 ballot, the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District’s Ballot Issue 7G asks voters across its jurisdiction for permission to restore its full taxing authority. The district covers 1,600 square miles across Denver and all or part of Boulder, Broomfield, Jefferson, Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties.
The request is for a .5 mill levy increase for Broomfield and Boulder counties, and a .557 increase in Denver, Adams, Jefferson, Arapahoe and Douglas counties.
The Urban Drainage and Flood Control District has existed since 1969, and is not designed to hold elections. However, the 7G ballot language allows it to waive constraints of the Tabor amendment to ask for this $14.9 million tax increase, which it then can vote to increase as a board going forward.
The board is not directly elected, but made up of council and commissioners in the counties covered by the district.
Jeffco Public Schools
A portion of Broomfield registered voters — 3,601 which is about 8 percent of the voters in Broomfield — resided in the Jefferson County school district.
Ballot Issue 5A reads:
“Shall Jefferson County School District R-1s taxes be increased $33 million annually in the 2018-2019 budget year, and in each budget year thereafter as adjusted for the percentage change in the Denver-Boulder consumer price index, by the collection of ad valorem property taxes for deposit in the district’s general fund?”
The increase would expand programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and in career/technical education, as well as attract and retain high quality teachers by ensuring the district is able to be competitive in compensation and benefits for teachers and staff.
The measure would fund improvements to student safety by increasing mental health and counseling professionals to improve students mental health services, including suicide prevention and substance abuse counseling, and update aged, outdated resources such as books, supplies and technology.
Ballot Issue 5B reads:
“Shall Jefferson County School District R-1′s debt be increased $567 million with a repayment cost of $997.64 million or such lesser amount as may be necessary, and shall Jefferson County School District R-1′s taxes be increased $67.4 million annual or such lesser amount as may be necessary for the payment of such debt, all for the purpose of providing district students, teachers and staff with a safe learning environment that prepares district students for college and the workforce by:
Adding and expanding career/technical education facilities;
Upgrading safety and security in school buildings;
Repairing, renovating, equipping or re-constructing school buildings to ensure all schools are more safe, efficient, and accessible to all students, including those with disabilities;
Constructing, furnishing, equipping and supporting needed school buildings and classrooms at all types of schools, including schools chartered by the district.”