Election 2020: Boulder Ballot Measures 2C and 2D

We host a debate on measures 2C and 2D which are measures on the Boulder ballot this year and pertain to the future of Boulder’s municipalization process.

Speaking in favor of the measures is Angelique Espinoza and speaking against the measure is Matt Appelbaum.

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Find out more about the campaign in favor of 2C and 2D: Boulder’s Great Green Deal

Find out more about the campaign against 2C and 2D: Empower Our Future

2C Ballot Text: Public Service Company Franchise

Shall the City of Boulder grant a franchise to Public Service Company of Colorado to furnish, sell and distribute gas and electricity to the city and to all persons, businesses, and industries within the city and the right to make reasonable use of all streets and other public places and public easements as may be necessary as described in Ordinance 8410?

2D Ballot Text: Utility Occupation Tax

Without raising the tax rate shall the existing Utility Occupation Tax, which in 2021 and 2022 will be in the amount of $2,076,181, be extended from a current expiration date of December 31, 2022 to December 31, 2025 and be repurposed to pay all costs associated with the formation of a municipal electric utility and to be used to fund projects, pilots, initiatives and research that support the city’s clean energy goals in the context of the city’s racial equity goals and the community’s commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement such as:Providing energy-related assistance to disadvantaged members of the community, including support for utility bill payments and access to renewable energy;Improving system reliability and modernizing, and supporting clean energy-related businesses, including, without limitation, new approaches in electrification of buildings and transportation, enhancement of resilience;Implementing a partnership agreement with Public Service Company of Colorado; andIncreasing access to energy efficiency and renewable energy solutionsOnly if a majority of registered electors approve a Franchise Agreement with Public Service Company of Colorado at the November 3, 2020 Election, And shall the increased and extended portion of the tax be subject to the same terms and conditions as the original tax and all earnings thereon (regardless of amount) constitute a voter approved revenue change, and an exception to the revenue and spending limits of Article X, Section 20 of the Colorado Constitution?