Brighton, CO, November 4, 2020 – Last night, the coalition to pass Adams County ballot measures 1A and 1B celebrated victory upon hearing election results for the measures. As of 11 p.m. on November 3, 2020, 1A had 82 percent of the vote and was expected to pass. 1B had 75 percent of the vote and was also expected to pass
“I’m very excited that Adams County voters approved measures 1A and 1B,” said Board of County Commissioners Chair Emma Pinter. “This package helps the county plan for future growth by protecting against urban sprawl and preserving our open spaces for future generations to enjoy while also maintaining and improving important parts of the county’s infrastructure. On behalf of the entire Board of County Commissioners, I’d like to thank Adams County voters for helping us keep Adams County a great place to live and work.”
1A and 1B are supported by more than two-thirds of Adams County voters, based on polling conducted earlier this year, and were supported by a bipartisan group of elected officials and community leaders.
“The Trust for Public Land’s mission is to protect land for people, ensuring healthy, livable and equitable communities for generations to come,” said Conor Hall, Intermountain West Director of Conservation Finance, Policy, & Advocacy at the Trust for Public Land. “I’m so excited that 1A has passed in Adams County because it will do exactly that! Thank you to the voters of Adams County for choosing to preserve open spaces, improve parks and trails and protect the quality of life that makes Adams County such a great place to live now and for generations to come.”
1A and 1B were approved by Adams County voters multiple times dating back to 1999. This year, voters chose to continue their support for these successful programs. Both measures keep the current Adams County sales tax rate the same and will give Adams County, and the municipalities within the County, the stability they need to plan ahead for future growth. In the next 30 years, it is expected that Adams County will surpass the population of Denver and become the third-largest county in Colorado.
“I’m very pleased that Adams County voters have passed ballot measures 1A an 1B,” said Bo Martinez, President/CEO of the Adams County Regional Economic Partnership. “Here in Adams County, we have done a great job of protecting our quality of life by preserving open space, investing in parks, and protecting our water quality. At the same time, we have invested in critical road and bridge maintenance programs to ease congestion, improve safety, and increase mobility. With 1A and 1B passing, Adams County will continue to be a great place to live, do business, and make investments for future generations.”
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Ballot measures 1A and 1B were unanimously referred to the November 3, 2020 ballot by the Adams County Board of Commissioners on September 1, 2020.
The Open Space Sales Tax, which 1A extends, was approved by Adams County voters in 1999 as a 1/5 of one percent sales tax. In 2004, voters approved an increase to 1/4 of one percent, or 25 cents on a $100 purchase. Polling in spring of 2020 showed that 71% of Adams County voters supported extending this tax.
A roads and facilities sales tax, which 1B extends, was passed by voters in 2006 as a 1/2 of one percent roads and facilities sales tax, or 50 cents on a $100 purchase. Polling in spring of 2020 showed that 65% of Adams County voters supported extending this tax.
Preliminary endorsements include:
- Governor Jared Polis
- Congressman Ed Perlmutter CD-7
- Secretary Federico Peña
- Mayor Herb Atchison – Westminster
- Mayor Jan Kulmann – Thornton
- Mayor Royce Pindell – Bennett
- State Senator Dominick Moreno SD-21
- State Senator Faith Winter SD-24
- State Representative Dafna Michaelson Jenet HD-30
- State Representative Shannon Bird HD-35
- State Representative Yadira Caraveo HD-31
- State Representative Kyle Mullica HD-34
- Commissioner Eva J. Henry – Adams County Board of County Commissioners District 1
- Commissioner Mary Hodge – Adams County Board of County Commissioners District 5
- Commissioner Steve O’Dorisio – Adams County Board of County Commissioners District 4
- Commissioner Emma Pinter – Adams County Board of County Commissioners District 3
- Commissioner Charles “Chaz” Tedesco – Adams County Board of County Commissioners District 2
- Mayor Pro Tem Anita Seitz – Westminster
- Mayor Pro Tem Jenny Willford – Northglenn
- Councilwoman Katherine E. Goff – Northglenn
- Councilwoman Julia Marvin – Thornton
- Councilwoman Julie Mullica – Northglenn
- Councilwoman Susan Noble – Commerce City
- Ryan McCoy – Westminster Public Schools Board Member
- Bo Martinez, President/CEO of the Adams County Regional Economic Partnership
- Nicole Milo – Senior Adviser Government and Community Affairs at Centura Health
- Carolynne C. White – Attorney at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
- Trust for Public Land
- Adams County Regional Economic Partnership
- Aurora Chamber of Commerce