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Measure 2A, which would raise Denver’s sales tax to fund green initiatives, has 64.51% support Tuesday, unofficial results counted just after 7 p.m. show. Measure 2B, which would increase the sales tax to help people experiencing homelessness, had 65.02% support in early returns.
Each measure would add a 0.25% tax to Denver’s current 4.31% sales tax rate, which is higher than most other Colorado cities.
The measures — which would charge shoppers an extra 2.5 cents for every $10 purchase — come as city finances languish due to the coronavirus and economic recession. City Council members are increasingly turning to tax increases to find the millions needed to launch or expand city programs.
While sales taxes are regressive, meaning lower-income families pay disproportionately, and the requests come during an economic recession, these two measures are sorely needed, council members Jolon Clark and Robin Kniech have said.
Clark introduced Measure 2A at the recommendation of the recently formed Climate Action Task Force. Cash from the measure would be spent creating jobs in the area of renewable and clean energy technology and management of natural resources; on solar power, battery storage and other renewable energy technologies; neighborhood-based environmental and climate justice programs, and more.
Kniech introduced Measure 2B with the support of Mayor Michael Hancock. Money raised from the tax could only be spent on things like housing, shelters, catalytic projects and programs and services for the unsheltered.
The idea is to invest in “proven solutions” and “scale them up,” Kniech has said. That includes expanding access and capacity to 24-hour shelters, individualized support for the homeless and case management.
Campaigns for or against the tax measures never fully materialized. Clark’s measure replaced a similar, citizen-led proposal, and Kniech’s came with the support of local nonprofits and advocacy organizations.
Neither tax would expire.
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