DOWNTOWN PARTNERSHIP

Downtown Partnership, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit, is the lead organization serving as a catalytic champion for Downtown Colorado Springs. Through a variety of programs and services, we fulfill our mission to ensure that Downtown serves as the economic, cultural and civic heart of Colorado Springs. Learn more about all Downtown Colorado Springs has to offer.

election day, november 3, 2020

All ballots must be received by 7 p.m., Nov. 3. The El Paso County Clerk & Recorder recommends ballots be mailed no later than October 26 in order to be received on time.

Downtown ballot drop-off locations:
  • City Administration Building, 30 S. Nevada Ave.
  • El Paso County Clerk’s Office, Centennial Hall, 200 S. Cascade Ave.

For more election information, click HERE.

ballot initiatives

The Board of Directors of Downtown Partnership researched the following ballot issues and recommends these positions:

City of Colorado Springs

2A: YES
2A will allow the City of Colorado Springs to retain and spend $1.9 million in 2019 revenue above the city’s spending limit, and reset future revenue caps to 2019 levels, ensuring that TABOR’s “ratchet effect” does not hinder the city’s ability to more rapidly recover from the covid-related recession.

4A: YES
4A allows Colorado Springs School District 11 to retain and spend revenues received from any sources that otherwise would be required to be refunded to taxpayers under TABOR. D-11 is one of only four school districts in all of Colorado to still be subject to such TABOR restrictions, putting it at a competitive disadvantage.

2C: YES
2C requires a super majority vote by at least seven City Councilmembers whenever any land exchange involving parks is proposed. This ensures that such exchanges – which often are highly complex – shall be carefully reviewed and considered while also allowing the ability to move swiftly on beneficial land deals. This is preferable to the proposed other ballot issue that would require all park land exchange go to a public vote, often requiring a costly special election.

State of Colorado

Amendment B: YES
Amendment B would repeal the Gallagher Amendment, which was passed by Colorado voters in 1982 and ties residential property tax rates to commercial rates through an outdated ratio that through the years has burdened businesses with tax rates nearly four times that of homeowners. Such repeal would freeze residential rates, preserving necessary funding for local services such as schools and first responders.