2019 TABOR Retention Resolution

2019 TABOR Retention Resolution

TABOR (Taxpayers Bill of Rights) requires that excess revenue be returned to taxpayers. But voters can choose to allow the government to keep the money. In this case it’s projected to be almost $7 million dollars. Colorado Springs City Council is expected to ask voters to forgo $32 per household and use those dollars to improve parks, trails and open space. In the weeks to come we will feature 10 proposed projects.

City Council approved the TABOR Retention Proposal and voted to place it on the November ballot.

Fading trail sign

Project #3 Palmer Park- Signage

If the TABOR  Excess Revenue ballot measure passes, $200,000 will be used to replace signs and improve wayfinding in Palmer Park.

Palmer Park was one of our earliest parks, opened in 1902 as a gift from General Palmer to the residents of Colorado Springs. It remains an inspiration point for city residents with magnificent views of the region.  With 740 acres and 25 miles of trails, residents and visitors do get confused. Better signs will improve the experience for users in this popular regional park.

Guardians of Palmer Park lead volunteer projects to improve the park on a regular basis. To learn more: www.gopalmerpark.org

Next Week: Cottonwood Creek Park

2019 TABOR Retention Project Proposals

Project #1: Historic Parks – Antlers, Acacia and Alamo Square/Pioneers Museum

All three sites are currently going through a re-master planning process. $2 million will be used to improve lighting, ADA improvements, new pedestrian areas and connections, potential dog park amenities, community gathering spaces and exhibit expansion.

Learn more about DOWNTOWN HISTORIC PARKS MASTER PLAN.

Antlers Park

Acacia Park

Project #2 Monument Valley Park – Lighting, Irrigation, Pavilion and Ponds

Two pond restorations, sports lighting for pickle-ball courts, irrigation and tree replacements and restoration of a historic pavilion are all on the list of projects to be funded. If the TABOR Excess Revenue initiative wins, $1 million will be spent in Monument Valley Park.

The land for Monument Valley Park was donated by General William Palmer – one of his many generous parkland donations that transformed our community. Improving Monument Valley Park as we approach our city’s 150 birthday seems an appropriate tribute to General Palmer and a gift to ourselves.

Learn more about this amazing community park and find out how you can make it better by connecting with the Friends of Monument Valley Park.

http://www.fmvp.net

Empty Pond

Eroding Pavilion

Why is TABOR Retention a good idea?

Reasons to Vote YES

    • TABOR is not a tax increase. It is surplus revenue that has already been collected.
    • The money can ONLY be spent on these specific trail, parks and open space projects.
    • Healthy parks, trails and open spaces contribute to a healthy economy.
    • Projects are spread throughout the County so there is something for everyone.
    • TABOR funds will be used to care of existing parks and trails; it does not add trails or require that future money be spent.

Past TABOR Retention Projects

In 2015, 2D, the TABOR retention measure for trails, passed with 71% of the vote. $2.1 million was put towards  trail projects throughout El Paso County, allowing for repairs and improvement to segments on eight critical trails: Shooks Run, Skyline, Sand Creek, Rock Island, Homestead, Palmer-Mesa, Sinton and Pikes Peak Greenway. Learn more about 2D projects here.

In 2017, El Paso voters passed 1A, approving $2 million of excess revenues to be invested in maintenance projects for parks, trails, open spaces, nature centers, and the county fairground. Learn more about 1A projects here.

The Trails and Open Space Coalition was honored to lead the effort to educate voters about the benefits of passing 2D and 1A.