Supporting Documents

  • Ballot Information Booklet (Blue Book)

    The purpose of the ballot information booklet is to provide voters with the text, title, and a fair and impartial analysis of each initiated or referred constitutional amendment, law, or question on the ballot. The analysis must include a summary of the measure, the major arguments both for and against the measure, and a brief fiscal assessment of the measure. The analysis may also include any other information that will help voters understand the purpose and effect of a measure.

    Note: The 2018 Blue Book is the most recent blue book published by the Legislative Council Staff.
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  • Memo - A73 Ballot Information Booklet Correction

    In the 2018 Blue Book analysis for Amendment 73, the fourth argument against the measure incorrectly states that the measure does not allow the state legislature to adjust the income tax thresholds to account for inflation.

    The online ballot information booklet has been updated to reflect these changes.

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  • Graphic supporting the conclusions of legal opinion

    CASB commissioned a legal opinion from Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP on whether Amendment 73 would reduce the property tax revenue available to local governmental entities like Colorado counties and fire districts. This graphic summarizes the opinion.
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  • Legal opinion refuting claims A73 would alter assessment rates for non-school taxing entities

    Certain parties have suggested that Amendment 73 would reduce the property tax revenue available to local governmental entities like Colorado counties and fire districts. This is not true. While Amendment 73 would make modifications to the assessment rates applicable to property taxes levied by school districts, its provisions would not affect property taxes levied by any other local government. In particular, nothing in Amendment 73 would affect the calculation used to determine the generally applicable residential assessment rate, which would continue to be calculated the same way it is today if Amendment 73 passes. Amendment 73 would not replace the assessment rates that are applicable to other local governments such as counties and fire districts.

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  • Secretary of State Advisory Opinion on District Fact Sheets

    The purpose of this advisory opinion is to provide written clarification regarding the Secretary's interpretation of current campaign finance laws. A person may rely on the advisory opinion as an affirmative defense to a Campaign and Political Finance complaint.

    The advisory opinion was requested by a school district in regards to the use of the CASB District Fact Sheet being in compliance with the current campaign finance laws in Colorado.


    The Secretary of State finds that Amendment 73 is an issue of official concern. Therefore the District may distribute a factual summary concerning the Amendment in accordance with section 1-45-117(1)(b)(I), C.R.S.

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  • Amendment 73 Explanation

    This graphic explains the basics of Amendment 73.

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  • 7 Steps to prepare for A73 community relations and engagement

    Amendment 73, the statewide funding initiative that will raise $1.6 billion in additional, sustainable revenue for Colorado public schools, will be on the ballot this November. CASB created this step-by-step checklist to help school boards and districts prepare for community conversations.

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  • Amendment 73 FCPA Memo

    The Fair Campaign Practices Act (FCPA), in combination with the Colorado Constitution, make up Colorado’s campaign finance laws. The FCPA restricts the school district’s ability to spend public money to encourage electors to vote for or against Amendment 73. The FCPA also restricts school district employees and school board members from spending public money (subject to the $50 exception discussed below) to create or distribute campaign materials designed to increase support for or against Amendment 73. 

    The purpose of this memo is to generally outline what is permitted and not permitted under the FCPA, address frequently asked questions and provide samples for school districts. It is provided for resource purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Specific questions should be referred to the school district’s own legal counsel.

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  • Sample Resolution in Support of Amendment 73

    School boards are allowed to pass a resolution in support of Amendment 73 advocating for the ballot initiative. In addition, school boards are permitted to publicize the passage of that resolution through the normal channels the Board uses to pass on information about its decisions.

    The sample resolution cites the total cuts to a school district. To find your district's data, refer to the Colorado School Finance Project A Decade of Colorado's K-12 School Funding Cuts 2009-2019.

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  • Final Ballot Language for #93

    The actual language at the Colorado Secretary of State website page listing 2017-2018 Initiative Filings, Agendas & Results.

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  • Fiscal Impact Statement for #93

    This initial fiscal impact estimate has been prepared for the Title Board. If the initiative is placed on the ballot, Legislative Council Staff may revise this estimate for the Blue Book Voter Guide if new information becomes available.

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  • FCPA Compliance — Basic Do's and Don'ts Regarding Amendment 73

    Colorado's Fair Campaign Practices Act (FCPA) prohibits the use of public resources to support or oppose a ballot issue. School district employees are not allowed to use any regular work hours, facilities, district communication equipment, materials or supplies to promote or defeat Amendment 73. Employees are allowed to use their personal time to urge electors to vote for or against Amendment 73, or to make contributions of their own money. This overview of the FCPA’s permissible and impermissible activities for school board members and district employees provides guidance.

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