By Carolyn Martin (CHEC Director of Government Relations)
TABOR Saved From Destruction … for Now
Prop HH was defeated on election day, November 7, 2023. It was a hard-won fight to educate people about the bait and switch being pulled on the public with this legislative initiative. It was defeated by an approximately 60% vote against it and TABOR (Taxpayer Bill of Rights) was saved from the greedy hands of the government … for now.
The battle against Prop HH really began in the legislature at the end of the last session. Essentially, it was the governor, through the Democrats in the legislature, who placed the question on the ballot. The Republican minority had no say in the crafting of the legislation. Even as the legislation was being rammed through on the fast track, the minority began asking for a special session to deal with the issue of the horrendous residential property tax increases the people of Colorado were seeing in their mailboxes. Property taxes were rising as much as 81% in some counties, mostly due to the repeal of the Gallagher Amendment in 2020.