Category Archives: Tabor

0143_Eight things I consider when voting_My opinion: vote NO on everything on the ballot in Jefferson County CO_Following posts explain this position_Donna Jack

[The 2016 Blue Book]
[2016 General Election TABOR notices online or on my site]
[The Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR) text from CO Constitution]
[The Bill of Rights in the Colorado Constitution.]
[The US Constitution Bill of Rights & Later Amendments]

Donna Jack
October 11, 2016, updated Oct. 12 and 13, revised October 19

I attempt to present rationale  [basic or underlying reasons or explanations] behind my positions, and present you with information so you can become more informed.  Then you can make your own decisions, based on the information that you have.

HOW WE VOTE TOUCHES THE LIVES OF PEOPLE ACROSS COLORADO —
IN SOME CASES, FOREVER.  OUR VOTES ARE IMPORTANT.

DON’T HURRY TO VOTE
Hand-carry your ballot if you can

Don’t cast your vote too soon — you may regret an early vote, after you learn more.  Your vote DOES matter.  The mail is not always reliable or prompt, so hand-carry your ballot to a ballot drop-off location  if you can.  If you decide to mail it, you MUST put a postage stamp (or 2) on the envelope.  It needs postage to be delivered.  Mail it several days before the deadline (don’t count weekends).

Don’t vote for laws simply because you don’t want to be inconvenienced,
or want to feel better about yourself — if it will not help us keep liberty or you don’t understand it — vote NO.
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0141_Links to The 2016 Colorado Blue Book and Blue Books from previous years__2016 Judicial Performance Evaluations on Judges–for Jefferson county and all counties in Colorado_Fiscal Impact statements for the Constitutional Amendments and Propositions

Donna Jack
2016-10-02/revised 2016-10-03-12:19 AM

Below is information that will help registered voters in every county in Colorado.

My plan is to refer to this blog in a future blog post when discussing each of the things that will appear both on the Colorado state-wide and Jefferson County Colorado ballots.

Resource documents to help you to prepare to vote on the Colorado ballots
— that will be arriving soon (mid October).

Handy resources:

  1.  The 2016 State Ballot information book (the Blue Book)

that has been mailed to most homes (internet version same as one mailed out):
https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/sites/default/files/2016%20English%20Blue%20Book%20for%20Internet.pdf

2.  Information to help you decide whether to retain judges.

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0104_SJTP Discussion of proposed Constitutional Amendment and Proposed Ballot Initiatives_Stealing our money and liberty away from us_instructions how to use and search this website

Donna Jack
June 12, 2016

[Note:  Blog 0103 explains how to sign up to attend, to testify,
or to watch school board meetings from home,
live-streamed, or after the fact.]

The amendment and Initiatives that are
briefly discussed in this blog 0104, are listed below:

[You can hold down the “Ctrl”  “f” keys together, lift your hands from the keyboard, then type the number or name of the amendment, initiative or subject listed below, to find the very brief discussion of each item listed.  Hit “enter” until you find no more locations in this blog for what you are searching.]

Amendment 69
Initiatives 78 and 75
Jeffco School District Bond
Initiative 101
Initiative 117
A Mil Levy Override in Jefferson County
Bond Package
Tabor review
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Today I got an email from Frank, a leader in the South Jeffco Tea Party.  In just a few sentences, he reported on the June 9th meeting they had.   You can read their brief summary of some of the things that will be on our November ballot.

One thing they didn’t mention at that meeting, but probably will at next month’s meeting, is a Mil Levy Override.  The Jeffco School Board will talk about and then take action on the Facilities Master Plan, the Bond, and the Mill Levy Override at this coming school board meeting Thursday (June 16).

Consider testifying before our school board on Thursday, June 16.  Let people know what our school board is planning to do.

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Below is the email Frank sent out:

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0102_Only the wealthy should have the right of petition (Initiative 96, on ballot Nov 2016)__I THINK NOT!_dj commentary and an email from Jon Caldara

Donna Jack
June 7, 2016

[NOTE:  People across the country will be surprised
to find that things on our Colorado November ballot
will be similar to things on their November ballot.
]

You can read Jon Caldera’s email later in this blog, or view it in your browser.

The main proposed initiative that will be discussed in this post is Initiative 96, and its final version filed with the Secretary of State can be found here.

At the top of this post you will see “2016 November Ballot” in red letters.  Click on those words to get to other articles on this website that talk about the November 2016 Ballot; or go to the Table of contents which is on a separate page of this website.  Search for articles of interest there.

At the Colorado Secretary of State’s office you will find:
a list of the Initiative Filings, Agendas and Results
     proposed amendments and initiatives,
     along with deadline dates for comment — and a lot more information.

START STUDYING WHATEVER YOU CAN IN ORDER TO FIND OUT ABOUT
THINGS THAT WILL BE ON THE UPCOMING NOVEMBER BALLOT.
The results from this election will greatly impact your life.

It will take effort on our part to know which things on the November ballot preserve or expand our freedom and liberty — or destroy them.

Find out who is behind each initiative or constitutional amendment and who is supporting each.  Find out who wants them passed, and, if passed, what their passage will do to freedom [The ability to Think, Speak, and Act without Externally Imposed Restraint*] and our liberty [Immunity from Arbitrary Exercise of Authority*].  (*Note:  the definitions with * are from flash cards made by the Center for Self Governance …  http://www.centerforselfgovernance.com/ )

Study to discover unintended consequences.  The initiative or constitutional amendment may sound good, but may take away freedom and liberty.  Share what you learn with others.

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0087_Good explanation of COPs (Certificates of Participation) _ Jeffco COPs–Whatcha gonna do when they come for you–by Joshua Sharf Jan 29, 2015

Donna Jack
April 4, 2016 [updated links 2016-06-06]

[Note:  This November (2016) there will be things on the ballot to restrict or eliminate the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (Tabor).  TABOR is Article X Section 20 of the Colorado Constitution. This blog shares one aspect of how Tabor is meant to protect the taxpayers.]

This afternoon someone asked me for information on COPs.  COPs are Certificates of Participation.  After a quick phone call to a friend, the article below showed up in my email.

The article was written by a fiscal policy analyst (Joshua Sharf) at the Independence Institute in Denver, Colorado.  The website for the Independence Institute is:    www.i2i.org

You will find Joshua’s article does a good job describing COPs, and how they affect other issues.  If this subject is brand new to you, or not real familiar to you, you may want to study it carefully.  Despite what some people will tell you, COPs are a big deal. Continue reading