The Delta County Elections closed to voters at 7 p.m. and the Delta County Clerk’s Office is currently counting the votes. See the second half of this article for details on each ballot issue. Visit results.enr.clarityelections.com/CO/Delta/97160/web/#/summary for online updates for each ballot issue.
Standings so far
Initial results, which are at this point unofficial as votes continue to be counted, show that Proposition CC is failing as of 7:17 p.m., with 64.82 percent of people voting against it. Proposition DD is failing, with 60.94 percent of people voting against it.
Ballot Issue 1A, the “Back the Badge” initiative is currently failing with 51.49 percent of people voting against it.
City of Delta Referred Measure 2A, Black Hills energy agreement, is currently passing with 56.83 percent of people voting for it.
Initiative 5A, the school district transportation mill levy, is failing with 59.39 percent of people voting against it. Initiatives 6A and 6B, the mill levy for the fire district, are failing with 52.17 and 59.95 percent of people voting for each, respectively. Initiative 7A, the library mill levy, is failing with 58.45 percent of people voting against it.
Details on ballot issues
Proposition CC would allow the state to retain tax excess revenue that otherwise would be refunded to taxpayers under TABOR. Proposition DD authorizes sports betting in Colorado and creates a 10% tax on those conducting the betting.
Ballot Issue 1A, Delta County Public Safety Improvements Sales Tax, or “Back the Badge,” authorizes a 1% county sales tax increase on taxable transactions, excepting farm equipment and pesticides, generating an estimated $29 million in annual revenues to be divided among agencies: Delta County Sheriff’s Office, 48% ($1.392 million); Delta Police Department, 31% ($899,000); Cedaredge and Paonia police departments and Hotchkiss Marshal’s office, 7%, or $203,000 annually.
City of Delta Referred Measure 2A renews the franchise agreement between Black Hills Energy and the City of Delta and grants Black Hills Energy use of City of Delta public infrastructure for natural gas delivery.
5A, 6A and 7A are property tax mill levy increases: 5A approves an increase of 1.5 mills, approximately $576,000 for Delta County School District 50J transportation needs in 2020, with an eight-year sunset; 6B increases Delta County Fire Protection District (DCFPD) No. 3 property tax by 1.5 mills, or $102,007; 7A requests an increase of 2.75 mills to generate approximately $874,972 in annual operating revenue for the Delta County Public Library District.
For full details on these measures, visit deltacountyindependent.com.