Messenger: Yes on Amendment B

Candidate: None

Contest: Gallagher repeal

Affiliation: U

Date delivered: Oct. 20, 2020

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Message type: mailer

Message tone: positive

About the message:

This mailer features endorsements of Amendment B from former Sen. Ken Salazar and former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb. The amendment would freeze property tax rates but remove a formula that requires businesses to pay a higher proportion of such taxes. 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.