SHALL DELTA COUNTY TAXES BE INCREASED BY 2.7 MILLION DOLLARS ANNUALLY (ESTIMATED) AT A RATE OF EIGHT TENTHS OF ONE PERCENT (0.8% OR $0.008 PER DOLLAR) ON TAXABLE TRANSACTIONS THROUGH A COLLABORATIVE COUNTYWIDE PUBLIC SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS SALES TAX, COMMENCING JANUARY 1, 2021 AND CONTINUING FOR TEN YEARS (THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2030), WITH REVENUE AND INVESTMENT EARNINGS USED TO FUND URGENT AND CRITICAL LAW ENFORCEMENT NEEDS AND TO PREVENT THE RISE IN CRIMINAL ACTIVITY IN DELTA COUNTY AND ACCORDING TO THE MUTUALLY AGREED DISTRIBUTION OF DELTA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE (52%), CITY OF DELTA POLICE DEPARTMENT (31%), TOWN OF CEDAREDGE POLICE DEPARTMENT (7%), TOWN OF HOTCHKISS MARSHAL’S OFFICE (4%), AND TOWN OF PAONIA POLICE DEPARTMENT (6%), IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE REQUIREMENTS, PROVISIONS AND EXEMPTIONS REFERENCED IN DELTA COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS RESOLUTION 2020-R- AND IN PART BASED ON CENSUS POPULATION AND CALLS FOR SERVICE;

AND SHALL ALL REVENUES DERIVED FROM SUCH COUNTYWIDE PUBLIC SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS SALES TAX, INCLUDING INVESTMENT EARNINGS THEREON, BE COLLECTED, RETAINED AND SPENT IN EXCESS OF THE REVENUE OR EXPENDITURE LIMITATIONS CONTAINED IN ARTICLE X, SECTION 20, OF THE COLORADO CONSTITUTION OR ANY OTHER LAW, EITHER AS A VOTER-APPROVED REVENUE CHANGE OR AS AN EXCEPTION TO LIMITS ON REVENUES AND SPENDING?

The following information is presented in compliance with the Colorado Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR). Total fiscal year spending information for all Delta County departments:

Year                                         Fiscal Year Spending for all Delta County Departments

 2016 (actual)                                            $     21,326,003

2017 (actual)                                            $     20,636,255

2018 (actual)                                            $     26,234,779

2019 (actual)                                            $     25,147,198

2020 (estimated)                                       $     27,258,961

The overall change in fiscal year spending over the five-year period from 2016 to 2020:

Percentage Change:                    28% 

Dollar Change:                            $ 5,932,958

 Delta County estimate of the maximum dollar amount increase for fiscal year 2021

  (first full fiscal year of the proposed tax increase):               $ 2,700,000

Delta County estimate of 2021 fiscal year spending

without proposed tax increase:                                          $ 27,804,141

Summary of Written Comments FOR Ballot Question No. 1A:

No comments were filed by the constitutional deadline. 

Summary of Written Comments AGAINST Ballot Question No. 1A 

No comments were filed by the constitutional deadline.