Fruita Area Chamber of Commerce – Government Affairs Committee

Government Affairs Committee Update:

The Fruita Area Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee meets every other Monday at 4:00 PM at the Fruita Area Chamber of Commerce office located at 432 E. Aspen Avenue, Fruita CO. 

If you are interested in learning more about Government Affairs Committee, please contact Committee Chair, Kurt Anderson at Kurt@spartandrilltools.com

Upcoming Ballot Initiatives:

Gallagher Amendment Repeal and Property Tax Assessment Rates Measure – Taxes and Property – Repeals the Gallagher Amendment of 1982, which limited the residential and non-residential property tax assessment rates so that residential property taxes amounted to 45% of the total share of state property taxes and non-residential property taxes amounted to 55% of the total share of state property taxes.

  • A “yes” vote supports the following: *repealing the Gallagher Amendment, which set residential and non-residential property tax assessment rates in the state constitution; *allowing the Colorado State Legislature to freeze property tax assessment rates at the current rates (7.15% for residential property and 29% for non-residential property); and *allowing the state legislature to provide for future property tax assessment rate adjustments through state law.
  • A “no” vote supports maintaining the Gallagher Amendment, which requires a residential to non-residential property tax ratio of 45% to 55% and requires the state legislature to adjust the residential assessment rate to maintain the required ratio. Since 1982, the residential property tax assessment rate has dropped from 21% to 7.15% under the Gallagher Amendment. More information: YouTube Video

Committee Voted to Support this Referendum

National Popular Vote Interstate Compact Referendum – Joins Colorado into the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, awarding Colorado’s electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote.

  • A “yes” vote supports Colorado joining the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, which would give the state’s nine electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote if states representing at least 270 Electoral College votes adopt the compact.
  • A “no” vote opposes making Colorado part of the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC), thereby continuing to give the state’s nine electoral votes to the presidential candidate winning the most votes in Colorado.

The Committee Voted to Oppose this Referendum

Gray Wolf Reintroduction Initiative – Forests and parks and Environment – Reintroduces gray wolves on public lands

The Committee Voted to Oppose this Referendum

Colorado Tobacco and E-Cigarette Tax Increase for Health and Education Programs Measure – Tobacco and Taxes – Increases taxes on tobacco, creates a new tax on nicotine products such e-cigarettes; dedicates funds to education and health programs

The Committee Voted to Educate on this Initiative

The Colorado River District – Mill Levy will ask voters to increase the mill levy from 0.252 mills to 0.5 mills, which would generate an additional $4.9 million per year starting in 2021. Under the proposal, the district’s taxpayer-funded budget would more than double from its current $4.5 million level

While this does increase taxes, the money will directly support water on the Western Slope.

The Committee Voted to Support this Mill Levy

Signatures Submitted:

#257 Allow Voters in Central City, Black Hawk, and Cripple Creek to Expand Game Types and Single Bets Initiative – Gambling – Allows voters in Central City, Black Hawk, and Cripple Creek to vote to expand allowed gaming types and bet limits

The Committee Voted to Educate on this Referendum

#306 Decrease Income Tax Rate from 4.63% to 4.55% Initiative –Taxes – Decreases the state income tax rate from 4.63% to 4.55%

The Committee Voted to Support this Decrease in Tax

#295 Require Voter Approval of Certain New Enterprises Exempt from TABOR Initiative – Taxes – Requires voter approval of new enterprises that are exempt from TABOR if their revenue is greater than $50 million within its first five years.

The Committee Voted to Support this Initiative


#118 Family Medical Leave
The Committee Voted to Oppose this Initiative

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