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Call for pro, con statements on tobacco ballot issue

Contact: Angelo Fernandez, Deputy County Manager, eagleadmin@eaglecounty.us or 970-328-8600

Sept. 9, 2019 – Eagle County is soliciting pro and con statements on a ballot question asking voters to authorize increased sales taxes on tobacco and nicotine products for the purpose of funding public health programs and education. The question will appear on the Nov. 5 coordinated election ballot.

Per Colorado state law, comments received will be summarized for inclusion in the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR) ballot issue notice, which will be mailed to all registered voters.

To be included in the summary, comments must address the specific ballot issue and include the submitter’s name, signature and the address where they are registered to vote. Only comments filed by persons eligible to vote on the issue are required to be summarized for the ballot issue notice.

Pro and con statements can be delivered by hand to the Clerk & Recorder’s Office in Eagle at 500 Broadway; or mailed to P.O. Box 537, Eagle, CO 81631; or emailed to regina.obrien@eaglecounty.us. Statements must be received no later than noon on Sept. 20; postmarks do not count.

The language for the tobacco and nicotine tax question is as follows:

Ballot Issue 1A - Funding to Support Public Health Programs and Education through the Taxation of Tobacco and Nicotine Products

SHALL EAGLE COUNTY TAXES BE INCREASED BY UP TO FOUR MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS IN 2020 AND BY SUCH AMOUNTS AS MAY BE GENERATED ANNUALLY THEREAFTER BY THE IMPOSITION OF NEW TAXES AS FOLLOWS: BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2020, THERE SHALL BE A NEW TAX OF TWENTY CENTS PER CIGARETTE OR FOUR DOLLARS PER PACK OF TWENTY CIGARETTES SOLD; BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2020, THERE SHALL BE A NEW SALES TAX OF 40 PERCENT ON THE SALES PRICE OF ALL OTHER TOBACCO AND NICOTINE PRODUCTS;

THE TERMS “CIGARETTE,” “TOBACCO PRODUCT” AND “NICOTINE PRODUCT” HAVE THE SAME MEANINGS AS IN SECTION 18-13-121 OF THE COLORADO REVISED STATUTES;

THE TAX REVENUES SHALL BE USED FOR THE SPECIFIC PURPOSES OF PUBLIC HEALTH PROGRAMS AND EDUCATION, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION:

• REDUCING TEEN VAPING THROUGH EDUCATION ABOUT THE HARMFUL CONTENTS OF FLAVORED NICOTINE PRODUCTS THAT APPEAL TO CHILDREN;

• LOCAL ENFORCEMENT PREVENTING THE SALE OF VAPING PRODUCTS, E-CIGARETTES AND TOBACCO PRODUCTS TO UNDERAGE PERSONS; AND

• PROVIDING SERVICES THAT PROTECT AND IMPROVE PUBLIC HEALTH SUCH AS SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND OTHER SERVICES;

AND THAT EAGLE COUNTY MAY COLLECT, RETAIN, AND EXPEND ALL REVENUES OF SUCH TAXES AND THE EARNINGS THEREON, NOTWITHSTANDING THE LIMITATION OF ARTICLE X, SECTION 20 OF THE COLORADO CONSTITUTION OR ANY OTHER LAW?