EL PASO COUNTY — News5 is helping you prepare for the November 2021 Coordinated Election with guides to find out what's on the ballot, what it means to you, and where to deliver your ballot across the region. Colorado has used a mail-in ballot system for years that's been touted as one of the safest methods.
Ballots for this year's general election are mailed out on October 8 by local clerk and recorder offices. If you have not registered to vote yet in Colorado, the deadline is October 25 if you want to receive a ballot by mail. You'll still be able to register to vote and cast your ballot in person at a Voter Polling and Service Center up to 7pm on the election day, Tuesday, November 2.
Not sure if you are registered to vote in Colorado? Use the state's Find My Voter Registration system.
Learn more with our Voter's Guide for the 2021 Coordinated Election
Beginning Monday, October 11, 2021, the VSPC location below is open the following days and hours:
Monday, October 11, 2021 - Friday, October 22, 2021 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (not open weekends)
Monday, October 25, 2021 - Friday, October 29, 2021 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 30, 2021, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday, November 1, 2021, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Election Day, Tuesday, November 2, 2021, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Main Office (EPC Clerk’s Office)
Citizens Service Center
1675 W. Garden of the Gods Rd.
Colorado Springs, CO 80907
The VSPC locations below are open the following days and hours:
Monday, October 25, 2021 – Friday, October 29, 2021, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 30, 2021, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday, November 1, 2021, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Election Day Tuesday, November 2, 2021, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
UCCS – Kettle Creek Room #108
4785 Clyde Way, Colorado Springs, CO 80918
Downtown Centennial Hall - NW corner of Cascade Ave. & Vermijo St.
200 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Southeast Branch (EPC Clerk’s Office) - SE corner of Powers Blvd. & Airport Rd.
5650 Industrial Pl., Colorado Springs, CO 80916
Fort Carson (EPC Clerk’s Office) - Enter at Gate 1 6351 Wetzel Ave., Bldg.
1525, Ft. Carson, CO 80913
North Branch (EPC Clerk’s Office) - NW corner of Union Blvd. & Research Pkwy.
8830 N. Union Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80920
The VSPC locations below are open the following days and hours:
Monday, November 1, 2021, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Election Day, Tuesday, November 2, 2021, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Fountain Library – SE corner of E. Missouri Ave. & S. Main St.
230 S. Main St., Fountain, CO 80817
Pikes Peak Community College – Centennial Campus – West on S. Academy Blvd. from exit 135 on I-25
5675 S. Academy Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Pikes Peak Community College – Rampart Range Campus – West of Interquest Pkwy. between Cross Peak View & New Life Dr.
2070 Interquest Pkwy., Colorado Springs, CO 80921
Town of Monument - Town Hall - SW corner of Beacon Lite Rd. & Highway 105
645 Beacon Lite Rd., Monument, CO 80132
Woodmen Hills Metropolitan District – Community Center West – West of Meridian Rd. & Woodmen Hills Dr.
11720 Woodmen Hills Dr., Falcon, CO 80831
ADDITIONAL SECURE 24-HOUR BALLOT DROP BOX LOCATIONS ONLY
The ballot drop-off locations below provide no indoor registration, voting or ballot drop-off services. Each outdoor ballot drop-off location below will be open 24 hours a day from October 8, 2021 through 7:00 p.m. Election Day, November 2, 2021.
Bear Creek Park, Community Garden – 21st St. & W. Rio Grande
2002 Creek Crossing St., Colorado Springs, CO 80905
Black Forest Fire Rescue Protection District – SE corner of Teachout Rd. & Burgess Rd.
11445 Teachout Rd., Colorado Springs, CO 80908
Black Forest Park-n-Ride - NW corner of Black Forest Rd. & Woodmen Rd.
7503 Black Forest Rd., Colorado Springs, CO 80908
Boot Barn Hall at Bourbon Brothers – To the left of the stop sign at main entrance to Boot Barn
13071 Bass Pro Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80921
Broadmoor Towne Center at Southgate
2007 Southgate Rd., Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Charles C. “Chuck” Brown Transportation & Environmental Complex – Between Constitution Ave. & N. Carefree Cir.
3275 Akers Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80922
Citadel Mall - Northside by food court entrance
750 Citadel Dr. E., Colorado Springs, CO 80909
City of Colorado Springs – NW corner of Nevada Ave. & Colorado Ave.
30 S. Nevada Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Colorado Springs Senior Center – South of E. Caramillo St. on N. Hancock Ave.
1514 N. Hancock Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Cottonwood Creek Recreational Center – Between Montarbor Dr. & Rangewood Dr., next to the pool entrance
3920 Dublin Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80918
East Library – West of Union Blvd. between Montebello Dr. & Vickers Dr.
5550 N. Union Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80918
Ellicott School District Admin Building – North of Handle Rd. & east of Ellicott Hwy.
322 S. Ellicott Hwy., Calhan, CO 80808
El Paso County Public Services Department – Calhan – SE corner of 10th St. & Golden St.
1010 Golden St., Calhan, CO 80808
Falcon Fire Department - Station 1 – Corner of Meridian Ranch Rd. & Royal County Down Rd.
12072 Royal County Down Rd., Falcon, CO 80831
First and Main – Westside of Dick’s Sporting Goods parking lot
New Center Pt., Colorado Springs, CO 80922
Fountain Creek Park – SW corner of Hwy. 85/87 & Duckwood Rd., in the first parking lot
2010 Duckwood Rd., Fountain, CO 80817
Fountain Police Department – Community Room - SE corner of Santa Fe Ave. & Alabama Ave.
222 N. Santa Fe Ave., Fountain, CO 80817
Leon Young Sports Complex – Between E. Fountain Blvd. & Verde Dr.
1335 S. Chelton Rd., Colorado Springs, CO 80910
Library 21c – NW corner of Chapel Hills Dr. & Jamboree Dr.
1175 Chapel Hills Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80920
Manitou Springs City Hall – Memorial Hall -NW corner of Manitou Ave. & El Paso Blvd.
606 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, CO 80829
Monument Park & Ride – NE corner off of I-25 at exit 161
1899 Woodmoor Dr., Monument, CO 80132
Pikes Peak Regional Development Center – NW of Printers Pkwy. between International Cir. & Airport Rd.
2880 International Cir., Colorado Springs, CO 80910
Rocky Mountain Calvary – SE corner of N. Academy Blvd. & Montebello Dr. – Across from the Montebello Post Office
4285 N. Academy Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80918
School District 3 Federal Credit Union – NW corner of Grinnell Blvd. & Crawford Ave.
1180 Crawford Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80911
Tiffany Square – U-Haul Moving & Storage at Rockrimmon – Westside of I-25 and Woodmen Rd.
6805 Corporate Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80919
UCCS – In front of main entrance to Kraemer Family Library (by the FedEx drop box).
1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., Colorado Springs, CO 80918
NOTE: VSPC located on campus at Ent Center for Fine Arts Building
Vista Grande Baptist Church – NW corner of N. Powers Blvd. & Stetson Hills Blvd.
5680 Stetson Hills Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80917
Wilson Ranch Pool – Allegheny Dr. & Split Rock Dr.
2335 Allegheny Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80919
Widefield Water & Sanitation District – Fontaine Blvd. between Powers Blvd. & Marksheffel Blvd.
8495 Fontaine Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80925
Here's what you will find on your El Paso County ballot, based on geographic location within the county:
El Paso County Ballot Issue 1A
Without imposing new taxes or raising tax rates, and understanding that approximately $7.1 million in excess 2020 county revenue will be refunded to property taxpayers regardless of whether this measure passes, shall El Paso County be permitted to retain and spend in the 2021 fiscal year and each year thereafter an amount of revenue that exceeds current tabor limitations but is no greater than the county revenue cap, which continues to limit future revenue growth as provided in resolution no. 21-330, provided that up to the first $15 million in additional revenue retained shall be used for the specific purposes of roadway improvements and preservation and parks projects?
Town of Ramah Ballot Issue 2A
Shall the town of Ramah taxes be increased by $20,000 annually (estimated first full fiscal year dollar increase) and by whatever additional amounts are received thereafter, by the levy of a two percent (2%) sales and use tax upon every transaction or other incident with respect to which a sales and use tax is levied by the state of Colorado within the town limits of Ramah commencing on January 1, 2022 for the purpose of funding general municipal operations, and shall the proceeds of such taxes and investment income thereon constitute voter-approved revenue changes and be collected, retained and spent by the town without regard to any expenditure, revenue-raising, or other limitation contained in Article x, § 20 of the colorado constitution or any other law?
Town of Calhan Ballot Issue 2B
Shall Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (a regional Transportation authority) (PPRTA) taxes be increased $100,000 Annually (estimated first full fiscal year dollar increase) and by whatever additional amounts are raised annually thereafter by levying a 1% (one penny per dollar) sales and use tax upon every transaction or other incident with respect to which a sales and use tax is levied by the state of Colorado within the town of Calhan (excluding purchases of food for domestic home consumption, prescription medications, residential utility bills, or other exempt transactions as detailed in articles 28 and 30, title 39, as amended, of the Colorado revised statutes), commencing on January 1, 2022, or on such later July 1 or January 1 occuring first after Calhan's admission into the PPRTA, and continuing until December 31, 2024, for the purposes of funding maintenance, repair, and operations for roadways and bridges (35% of net revenue), for improved transit service within the PPRTA's boundaries (10% of net revenue),with 55% of net revenue dedicated to specific regional roadway capital improvements previously designated by the PPRTA members, and no more than 1% of net revenue expended for administrative expenses, and after December 31, 2024, reducing the 1% sales and use tax to a .45% sales and use tax for each year thereafter for funding maintenance, repair, and operation of regional roadways and bridges (77.78% of net revenue) and for funding public transit services (22.22% of net revenue), with all revenues from such tax and other revenues of PPRTA being collected and spent each year Wwthout limitation by the revenue and spending limits of Article X, §20 of the Colorado constitution; and, pursuant to Colorado revised statutes § 43-4-601, et seq., provided there is unanimous consent of PPRTA members, shall the boundaries of the PPRTA be expanded to include the corporate limits of the town of Calhan?
Shall city taxes be increased $11,134,000 annually beginning January 1, 2022, and by whatever amounts are raised in years thereafter, by increasing the rate of sales and use tax dedicated to trails, open space and parks (TOPS) from its current rate of .1% (one tenth of a cent), or one (1) penny on every ten (10) dollar purchase, to .2% (two tenths of a cent), or two (2) cents on every ten (10) dollar purchase, except for purchases of prescription drugs, food, and other purchases exempted from sales tax, without changing the purposes
- Preserving fragile ecosystems, natural areas, scenic vistas and areas, fish and wildlife habitats and corridors, and important areas that support biodiversity, natural resources and landmarks;
- Conserving natural resources such as water aquifer recharge areas, surface water, and forest lands;
- Acquiring, developing and maintaining open space lands and trails; and
- Acquiring, developing and maintaining parks;
With all expenditures based on recommendations of an advisory committee and subject to independent audit; with no more than five percent (5%) of revenues derived to be used for administration, planning and program management, and no more than twenty-five percent (25%) for maintenance and operations of all city parks, trails and open space lands, and the remaining revenue divided into forty percent (40%) used for acquisition, development and maintenance of all parks, thirty percent (30%) for acquisition, development and maintenance of all trails, and thirty percent (30%) for acquisition, development and maintenance of all open space lands, regardless of how acquired; and with the intent of the voters that monies derived from the increase should not offset any expenditures from the general fund; and extending the expiration of the tops sales and use tax to and until December 31, 2041; the above constituting a voter-approved revenue change and exception to any constitutional, statutory and charter revenue and spending limitations that may otherwise apply?
City of Colorado Springs Ballot Issue 2D
Without imposing any new tax or increasing the rate of any existing tax, shall the city of Colorado Springs be permitted to retain and spend up to $20,000,000 to create a city-wide and regional wildfire mitigation and prevention program to be managed by the Colorado Springs Fire Department, this amount being the estimated 2021 revenues above the 2021 fiscal year revenue/spending limitations, and any future interest received thereon, of which no more than 5% of the balance of the fund will be spent annually, and for city fiscal year 2022 and thereafter, the amount allowed by city revenue and spending limitations shall be the total annual revenues received in 2021, adjusted in each fiscal year thereafter for inflation and city growth as provided by charter, as voter approved revenue changes and exceptions to any constitutional, statutory and charter revenue and spending limitations that may otherwise apply?
Town of Monument Ballot Issue 2E
Shall the town of Monument, Colorado, without creating any new tax or increasing any current taxes, be authorized to collect, retain, and expend the full amount of town revenues generated from all sources, during fiscal years 2021 through 2028 with fiscal year 2028 dollar amounts used as the base upon which fiscal year 2029 limitations shall be calculated, without regard to the limitations of Article X, Section 20 of the Colorado constitution or C.R.S. Section 29-1-301, any excess amounts over the above limitations to be used exclusively for road construction and maintenance, such changes to constitute a voter approved revenue change?
Town of Monument Ballot Issue 2F
Shall the town of Monument, Colorado, sales taxes be increased $1,650,000 in 2022 by the imposition of an additional sales tax of .50% (increasing the town's sales tax from 3% to 3.50%), commencing January 1, 2022; and thereafter shall the town of Monument be entitled to exclusively collect, retain, and spend the full revenues from such tax increase without contractual, statutory or constitutional limitation or condition, including local intergovernmental agreements, Article X, Section 20 of the Colorado constitution, Colorado revised statutes §29-1-301, or any other law as it currently exists or as it may be amended in the future, such amounts to constitute voter approved revenue changes, and with such amounts to be used exclusively to provide dedicated funding for the town of Monument Police Department to pay for
- The hiring, training, and employment of 8 more police officers to reduce call response times,
- Overdue maintenance and replacement of patrol cars in the department fleet,
- The hiring of a detective to handle sensitive issues like sexual assault and criminal case follow up on larger investigations,
- A unit of special enforcement officers to focus on combating vehicle break-ins, drug dealing, residential burglaries and human trafficking,
- The replacement of essential public safety equipment and the provision of enhanced police services?
Town of Monument Ballot Question 2G
Shall the of Monument form a home rule charter commission?
Town of Monument Home Rule Charter Commission
- Jennifer Coopman
- Matt Brunk
- Brandy Turner
- Sana Abbott
- Ashley Watt
- Janet Ladowski
- Shannon Clark
- Steve King
- Joel Lusby
El Paso County Colorado School District 49 Ballot Issue 4A
Shall El Paso County Colorado School District 49 taxes be increased $8.6 million beginning in tax collection year 2022, and by whatever amounts as may be generated annually thereafter by the imposition of an additional mill levy of not to exceed 6.5 mills, by the collection of ad valorem property taxes for deposit in the district's general fund for providing increases in compensation for teachers, other student and family services staff, and transportation services staff;
And shall such tax increase be an additional property tax mill levy in excess of the levy authorized for the district's general fund, pursuant to and in accordance with Section 22-54-108, c.R.S., and shall the district be authorized to increase its current mill levy and such additional mill levy beginning in tax collection year 2022 and annually thereafter to offset property tax refunds or abatements or reductions in the percentage of actual valuation used to determine assessed valuation?
Colorado Springs School District 11 Ballot Issue 4B
Without imposing any new tax, shall Colorado Springs School District No. 11 debt be increased $350 million, with a maximum total repayment cost of not more than $590 million for the purposes as described in the district's facility master plan (fmp) and monitored by the citizens bond oversight committee, including:
- Acquiring, constructing, repairing, renovating and equipping school buildings and other school facilities; and
- Providing other district capital purchases and/or improvements; and
- Purchasing, repairing or improving buildings for district charter schools;
And shall the taxes authorized at the district's bond elections in 1996 and 2004 (I.E., not more than $20,024,480 annually) be extended and authorized to be used to pay the debt authorized at this election in addition to the debt authorized at such prior elections;
And shall the mill levy be imposed in any year at a mill levy sufficient in each year to pay the principal of and interest on such debt or any refunding debt (or to create a reserve for such payment) provided that any revenue produced by such levy shall not exceed $20,024,480 annually;
And may such debt be evidenced by the issuance of general obligation bonds or other multiple fiscal year obligations to be sold in one series or more, for a price above or below the principal amount thereof, on terms and conditions, and with such maturities as permitted by law and as the district may determine;
And shall the district ensure accountability with a citizens oversight committee which shall annually review and report to the public on the use of funds?
Manitou Springs School District No. 14 Ballot Issue 4C
Shall Manitou Springs School District No.14 debt be increased by $43 million, with a repayment cost of not to exceed $76.4 million, and shall district taxes be increased not more than $3.09 million annually, by the issuance and payment of general obligation bonds to provide, among other things, local matching money required for the district to receive $8,914,152.70 in state grant funds (which grant funds are not required to be repaid) under the building excellent schools today ("BEST") program, all for providing capital assets for district purposes, including:
- Providing $16,554,855.01 in district matching funds in order to receive the best grants which has been awarded by the state (the receipt of which is contingent upon the district's ability to provide the matching amount);
- Renovating and remodeling the high school facility and campus, constructing and equipping a new middle school facility as an addition to the shared integrated learning center (SILC), and renovating and remodeling the SILC to create additional learning space for students;
- Acquiring and constructing safety, security and ADA improvements and enhancements at Manitou Springs High School, Manitou Springs Elementary School, and Ute Pass Elementary School including roof replacements at Manitou Springs Elementary and Ute Pass Elementary;
- Renovating, restoring and improving the auditorium at Manitou Springs Elementary School (originally constructed in 1922); and
- Upgrading, equipping and renovating school playgrounds and athletic fields district-wide and constructing a new outdoor learning, activity, and athletic space at the middle school;
Provided that the expenditure of bond proceeds will be monitored by a board of education appointed oversight committee of residents;
With such general obligation bonds to be sold, to bear interest, mature, be subject to redemption, with or without premium, and be issued at such time, at such price (at, above or below par) and in such manner and containing such terms not inconsistent with this ballot issue, as the board of education may determine, and shall ad valorem property taxes be levied at a mill levy sufficient in each year to pay the principal of and interest on such debt and any debt issued to refund such debt when due, or to create a reserve for the same, provided that any revenue produced by such mill levy shall not exceed $3.09 million annually; and shall the district's debt limit be increased from an amount equal to 20% of the district's assessed value to an amount equal to 6% of the district's actual value, as certified by the county assessors of El Paso county, Colorado?
El Paso County School District No. 2 Ballot Issue 4D
Without increasing, existing tax rates, shall El Paso County School District no. 2 (Harrison) be authorized to collect, retain, and spend the full revenues that may lawfully be received by the district from any source, including without limitation, all grant moneys, and all other moneys lawfully received by the district from the state of Colorado or any other source, beginning with fiscal year 2021-2022 and continuing thereafter, with such revenues to be collected, retained or spent as a voter-approved revenue change and an exception to the limits which would otherwise apply under Section 20 of Article X of the Colorado constitution or any other law?
Joint School District No. 23JT Ballot Issue 5A
Shall joint school district no. 23jt be authorized to collect, retain, and spend the full revenues that may lawfully be received by the district from any source, including without limitation, all grant moneys, and all other moneys lawfully received by the district from the state of Colorado or any other source, beginning with fiscal year 2022-2023 and continuing thereafter for eight years through and including fiscal year 2029-2030, with such revenues to be collected, retained or spent as a voter-approved revenue change and an exception to the limits which would otherwise apply under Section 20 of Article X of the Colorado constitution or any other law?
Security Fire Protection District Ballot Issue 6A
Shall security fire protection district taxes be increased $2,415,367 million annually (for collection in calendar year 2022) and by such additional amounts raised annually thereafter by an ad valorem property tax mill levy imposed at a rate of six and four-tenths (6.4) mills, to be used by the district for the purpose of providing proper fire protection. emergency response and safety for the residents, property owners, and businesses served by the district, including but not limited to:
- adding firefighters and paramedics to improve response time and maintain emergency services district wide;
- recruiting and retaining firefighters and paramedics; and
- replacing emergency equipment and apparatus that have reached the end of their service life to maintain reliability and to protect first responders, and addressing unmet facility needs,
Which mill levy shall be in addition to the operating mill levy currently imposed by the district; and shall the revenue from the mill levy authorized above constitute a voter-approved revenue change and an exception to the limitations set forth in section 29-1-301 of the Colorado revised statutes?
Proposed Colorado Springs Briargate General Improvement District 2021
Ballot Issue 6B
Shall Colorado Springs Briargate General Improvement District 2021 Taxes be increased $1,462,683 annually beginning January 1, 2022, and by whatever amounts are raised thereafter, by the imposition of a mill levy imposed on all taxable property located within the district of not more than 4.409 mills, solely for the purpose of funding the district's
operations, maintenance, and other reasonable expenses, as may be determined by the district board of directors; and shall the district be permitted to collect, retain and spend all revenues derived therefrom as a voter-approved revenue change and exception to any constitutional, statutory and city charter revenue and spending limitations which may otherwise apply:
- and with the intent of the voters that monies derived from the tax increase serve as an alternative to and replacement for the Briargate Special Improvement Maintenance District Mill Levy so that the properties currently paying the Briargate Special Improvement Maintenance District Mill Levy will not see an overall increase in taxes; and
- any future increase in the proposed district's mill levy will require future voter approval;
and shall Colorado Springs Briargate General Improvement District 2021 be organized?
Here's what you will find on the statewide ballot for amendments and propositions:
Initiative #19 - Requirements for Spending Custodial Money
Requires 55% approval because it adds language to the state constitution.
Shall there be an amendment to the Colorado Constitution and a change to the Colorado Revised Statutes concerning money that the state receives, and, in connection therewith, requiring all money received by the state, including money provided to the state for a particular purpose, known as custodial money, to be subject to appropriation by the general assembly after a public hearing; repealing the authority to disburse money from the state treasury by any other means; requiring all custodial money to be deposited into the newly created custodial funds transparency fund and the earnings on those deposits to be transferred to the general fund; and allowing the state to retain and spend all custodial money and earnings and revenue on that custodial money as a voter-approved revenue change?
Initiative #25 - Learning Enrichment and Academic Progress Program
Shall state taxes be increased $137,600,000 annually on retail marijuana sales by a change to the Colorado Revised Statutes concerning the creation of a program to provide out-of-school learning opportunities for Colorado children aged 5 to 17, and, in connection therewith, creating an independent state agency to administer the program for out-of-school learning opportunities chosen by parents; funding the program by increasing the retail marijuana sales tax by 5% by 2024 and reallocating a portion of the public school lands income; authorizing transfers and revenue for program funding as a voter-approved revenue change; specifying that learning opportunities include tutoring and extra instruction in subjects including reading, math, science, writing, music, and art, targeted support for children with special needs and learning disabilities, career and technical education training, and other academic or enrichment opportunities; and prioritizing program financial aid for low-income students?
Initiative #27 - Property Tax Assessment Rate Reduction and Voter-Approved Revenue Change
Shall there be a change to the Colorado Revised Statutes concerning property tax reductions, and, in connection therewith, reducing property tax revenue by an estimated $1.03 billion in 2023 and by comparable amounts thereafter by reducing the residential property tax assessment rate from 7.15% to 6.5% and reducing the property tax assessment rate for all other property, excluding producing mines and lands or leaseholds producing oil or gas, from 29% to 26.4% and allowing the state to annually retain and spend up to $25 million of excess state revenue, if any, for state fiscal years 2022-23 through 2026-27 as a voter-approved revenue change to offset lost revenue resulting from the property tax rate reductions and to reimburse local governments for revenue lost due to the homestead exemptions for qualifying seniors and disabled veterans?