Elections

General Information
The City of Lafayette conducts regular elections on the first Tuesday in November in odd-numbered years, and coordinates with Boulder County for municipal elections. All Colorado elections are conducted by mail ballot. The City Clerk serves as the election official. 
   

Voter Registration


Register to vote or update voter information at Boulder County Elections Department. 
   

Election Contact Information


Susan Koster, City Clerk
303.661.1227

Susan Barker, Deputy City Clerk
303.661.1222
 

2016 Lafayette Ballot Issues


Pro/Con Statement Submissions


Ballot measures that increase taxes or debt must follow rules set down in the Colorado Tax Payer's Bill of Rights (TABOR). Ballot Issus 2C and 2D are TABOR issues and will be included in a notice mailed to all registered voters in Lafayette.The TABOR Notice contains ballot titles and text, fiscal information, and summaries of written comments “for” and “against” the proposals. If you wish to include a comment in the TABOR summary , please email your submission to the City Clerk by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 23, 2016 in order to be included in the TABOR Notice. Only comments filed by persons eligible to vote in Lafayette will be accepted. Submissions must refer to a specific ballot issue and include the name and address of the contributor.
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CITY OF LAFAYETTE BALLOT 

ISSUE NO. 2C

 

(click to view the full language of this ballot issue)


City of Lafayette Bus Pass Program Levy
 
Mill levy increase to fund a community public transport (bus pass) program 

RTD has encouraged the use of its transit system by large groups of people by making available programs that allow unlimited use of the transportation facilities for a fixed annual fee. Examples of such programs include the Neighborhood Eco Pass Programs, the Employer Eco Pass Bus Pass programs, and college pass programs. RTD has also worked with other municipalities to offer community bus passes that allow residents access to the RTD transit system.

Access to a mass transportation system, such as the RTD system, results in increased social, economic, and environmental benefits to the citizens of Lafayette and the Denver Metropolitan Area. Those increased benefits result in such things as increased mobility, decreased pollution, more efficient and economical transportation options, and less demand for transportation infrastructure.

Preliminary calculations indicate that a community bus pass can be made available to all residents of Lafayette through funds that are raised by the levy of 1.25 mills upon the taxable properties within Lafayette. This would result in a $35 increase in taxes on a $350,000 home. The initial program, and proposed increased mill levy increase, would be authorized for a period of six years, but would be subject to an extension if authorized by a vote of the electorate. 
Read the Resolution in support of Issue No. 2C - Community Bus Pass Program Levy
   
 
CITY OF LAFAYETTE BALLOT ISSUE NO. 2D (click to view the full language of this ballot issue)
City of Lafayette Storage Tax
 
3.5% excise tax to be levied on indoor/outdoor storage space rentals 
The provision of indoor/outdoor storage space services results in the increased use of municipal streets and rights-of-way; increased traffic; increased demands upon municipal services such as police and fire protection; and has substantial effect upon the health, safety and welfare of Lafayette citizens and upon City of Lafayette budgeted expenditures.

An excise tax on the rental of indoor or outdoor storage space, or the sale of storage services, is an equitable means to finance the increased burden upon the City budget related to the municipal services provided by Lafayette to the public. 
Read the Resolution in support of Issue No. 2D - Storage Tax
 
  
CITY OF LAFAYETTE BALLOT QUESTION NO. 2E  (click to view the full language of this ballot question)
Authorizing the Provision of Telecommunication Services 
  
Authorization to allow the City to evaluate the opportunity to provide high-speed internet services directly or indirectly with public or private sector partners
In 2005 Senate Bill 05-152 (SB 152) was enacted, which prohibits local governments from providing cable television services, telecommunication services, or high speed internet services (advanced services), either directly or indirectly, unless such services are authorized by the electorate. SB 152 has been interpreted by some as prohibiting local governments from providing a wide spectrum of services; including such things as internet service in city libraries, parks and community centers; leveraging government infrastructure and partnering with private businesses to provide affordable and high speed internet services throughout the community; and direct provision of broadband services by municipal government where needed.

A voter approved exemption from SB 152 would allow the City of Lafayette the ability to evaluate broadband services in the city.  
 Read the Resolution in support of Question No. 2E - Authorizing the Provision of Telecommunication Services   
   
CITY OF LAFAYETTE BALLOT QUESTION NO. 2F   (click to view the full language of this ballot question)
Charter Amendment
Boards And Commissions Qualifications
 

Amendment to eliminate the elector requirement for residents to serve on Lafayette Boards and Commissions
The Lafayette Home Rule Charter currently requires that each member appointed to Lafayette boards and commissions be registered to vote in local and national elections. This condition excludes individuals with specific expertise who could be of value to Lafayette boards and commissions from serving. Eliminating the current requirement to be a registered elector will result in an expansion of the available pool of individuals that could carry out the important role of the boards and commissions. This amendment applies to all city boards and commissions, but does not apply to City Council. 
Read the Resolution in support of Question No. 2F - Charter Amendment - Boards and Commissions Qualifications