What’s on the Ballot?

May 1, 2018

What’s on the Ballot?

Before you cast your vote this November, find out how the proposed ballot measures would impact Colorado and our communities. Learn more about the proposed ballot measures here:

Initiative 97

Initiative 97 tells private property owners what they can and cannot do with their own land. This initiative is so extreme that it increases setbacks to five times the distance of what is currently required, which effectively bans oil and natural gas development in the state, costing tens of thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions in tax revenue.

Initiative 97 takes away more than $1 billion dollars annually in revenues from communities that are critical to state and local governments, schools and special districts. In fact, oil and natural gas contributed $839 million to K-12 schools in 2015 and 2016, and over the past eight years, the industry sent $615 million in severance tax to municipalities and counties for everything from new parks and recreational centers to funding public safety of local police and fire departments and road improvements.

According to a study released by the Common Sense Policy Roundtable (CSPR) and the REMI partnership, Initiative 97 would eliminate over $26 billion annually in state GDP, more than $1 billion in tax revenue, and as many as 147,800 jobs by 2030. This latest study reinforces a recent analysis conducted by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Committee showing that the setback measure would put 85% of the state off limits to new oil and natural gas development. Learn more about the study: commonsensepolicyroundtable.org/oil-gas-setback-study

What are Colorado’s Current Regulations?
Over the last seven years, Colorado has continuously improved the state’s oil and natural gas regulations so that they are some of the strictest regulations in the nation.

Colorado’s tough regulations require companies to work with local governments when planning oil and natural gas development and effectively protect the environment and the health and safety of all Coloradans. If Coloradans can’t responsibly access oil and natural gas on state land, they may be forced to rely on federal lands to meet their energy needs, further opening the door to development on some of the state’s most pristine public lands.

Maintaining responsible and reliable production of oil and natural gas right here at home means we rely less on unstable, hostile foreign regimes. A 2,500-foot setback would not only severely limit Colorado’s energy production, it will make our energy security harder to achieve.

Click here to learn more about the impacts of a 2,500-foot setback.

Before you cast your vote this November, make sure to share the facts with your family and friends.

Initiative 108

Safeguarding private property from government confiscation is at the core of Colorado values. Initiative 108 defends private property owners like homeowners, businesses, farmers, and ranchers from state or local governments taking their property without compensation.

What Does it Mean?
Initiative 108 protects all private property owners, including those who grow and raise our food and have invested a lifetime of financial and sweat equity into their property. When a government action takes or devalues property, it is only fair to make sure private property owners are compensated for their losses.

Denying family farmers, homeowners and other property owners the right to decide how to use their own land runs contrary to Colorado values. This initiative will ensure that strong private property rights remain a cornerstone of the Colorado way of life.

Property owners, including farmers and ranchers rely on their property for their livelihood and currently the government has the ability to dictate how that private property is used without fairly compensating the owners. We must protect this safety net of fair compensation, based off their fair market value of property, otherwise it could have a devastating impact on the value of private property.