2018 Ballot Initiative


The Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District is asking voters to consider two ballot questions this election: 7B would increase the Operating Mill Levy and 7C would allow the District to bond $7.5 million for apparatus, buildings and equipment. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke to Former Fire Chief Ron Leach for historical perspective. Master Plan details are available here.

A new poll from the University of Colorado reveals what voters think of new oil and gas setbacks, a tax increase for education and their choices for governor.

Roaring Fork Schools

The Roaring Fork School District Board of Education passed a resolution in support of Amendment 73 which would raise an estimated $1.6 billion annually for Colorado schools through a tax increase on corporations and individuals and families earning over $150,000 a year. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Superintendent Rob Stein to learn more.

In 2002, voters in Colorado supported sweeping changes to state campaign finance laws. The goal was to rein in the influence of money in elections. The law contained a strong preamble about how large campaign contributions could corrupt politics and give special interests, corporations and the rich disproportionate influence.

Then along came the millionaires running for governor, spending millions of their own dollars on their own campaigns.

Stop Predatory Payday Loans

Payday lenders can currently charge an interest rate of 45 percent plus fees. As KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh reports, Proposition 111 seeks to change that.

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Garfield County voters will be asked in November to approve Ballot Measure 6A, allowing the Library District to keep sales tax revenue. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh found out that the measure is directly related to the Colorado Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights. Click here for the full list and text of local TABOR ballot issues, including pros and cons.


Radio advertisements in Colorado Springs are encouraging voters to avoid signing ballot measure petitions. For this week’s news brief, KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh speaks with freelance data journalist Sandra Fish about her recent article for the Colorado Independent. Sandra's website is collecting political messages received by voters, compiling information about those messages and creating a database.

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Ballot Initiative 126 would put a cap on the interest rate that payday lenders could charge. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with proponent Corrine Fowler to learn more…

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A Colorado grassroots coalition started putting together a statewide ballot initiative last month for wider buffer zones between fracking and neighborhoods. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Colorado Rising board member Micah Parkin for details.