Messenger: Yes on Amendment B

Candidate: None

Contest: Gallagher repeal

Affiliation: U

Date delivered: Oct. 22, 2020

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Message type: mailer

Message tone: positive

About the message:

This mailer features a teacher and Democratic Gov. Jared Polis endorsing the repeal of the Gallagher amendment on property taxes with "yes" vote on Amendment B. The repeal would cap property tax rates, but remove a proprotional formula that requires businesses to shoulder the bulk of property tax rates. Proponents say it would raise more money for schools and local services such as fire protection. Opponents say it would raise property taxes on residential property.

About the messenger:

Yes on Amendment B favors the repeal of the Gallagher Amendment, which impacts property taxes. The amendment passed by voters in 1982, the amendment requires business properties to pay a certain proportion of property taxes even when the majority of property in a county or community are residential. The amendment would freeze property tax rates but remove the proportional value.

The messenger's money:

Kent Thiry, the former Davita CEO, donated $1 million to the group, while philanthropist Pat Stryker donated $1 million. It is also supported by other individuals, unions and nonprofits.