Brighton City Council tonight approved two resolutions of support for its “Use Tax” ballot question and the District 27J Mill Levy Increase ballot question, and encouraged voters to vote “YES” at the upcoming Nov. 7 election.
Ballot Issue 2J
City Council encourages the citizens of Brighton to vote YES on Ballot Issue 2J. According to the resolution, the City of Brighton has always prided itself on providing the best services possible to its residents including, public safety, safe and well maintained streets and parks, recreational facilities for citizens of all ages, and various amenities that the citizens have asked for and appreciate.
Maintaining and ultimately expanding, these kinds of services and amenities costs money and Brighton, like most cities in the Denver metro area, depends to a great extent on sales tax revenues to fund services and amenities. As part of the preparation for the 2018 budget, the City Council explored additional revenue sources and realized that Brighton was not taking full advantage of use tax revenues like a vast number of other cities in the metro area.
A ‘use tax’ is imposed when a purchase of personal property is made and sales tax has not been paid by the purchaser – nobody pays both sales tax and use tax; and in the vast number of circumstances, use tax will be imposed on a business that purchases its equipment, machinery, furnishings, fixtures, construction materials from a seller that did not charge it sales tax. Brighton wants growth to pay its own way and when a new business comes to town or an existing business expands, it should not be able to skirt its obligation to pay a tax just because it purchases its equipment, machinery, furnishings, fixtures, construction materials from a seller (usually out of state) that did not charge it sales tax. It is important to know that Brighton already assesses a use tax on building materials and the purchase of motor vehicles and Ballot Issue 2J is intended to expand its applicability as explained above.
In passing the resolution, the City Council recognized that the passage of Ballot Issue 2J is essential to ensure that the City is equipped financially to meet the challenges and opportunities of the future, and strongly encouraged every citizen to learn about the proposed use tax, understand its applicability, and recognize the City’s effort to continue to provide the best services possible to Brighton residents.
The City Council encourages the citizens of Brighton to vote YES on Ballot Measure 2J
Ballot Issue 3D
The City of Brighton recognizes the importance of high quality education to the overall stability, well-being and vitality of the Brighton community. The City Council sees the impact the City’s growth has on the District’s educational facilities. School District 27J is among the fastest growing districts in the metro Denver region and at the same time, has among the lowest per pupil funding in the metro area.
The Board of Education of District 27J has actively planned for enhanced education experiences for the young people that currently attend and will attend school in District 27J.
The proposal, Ballot Issue 3D, would include a mill levy increase to raise funds for purchasing and maintaining tools and materials, additional technology, staff compensation, additional staff, 21st century curriculum, charter schools, and other educational enhancements for the District.
The City Council encourages the citizens of Brighton to vote “YES” on the District 27J referred measure identified as Ballot Measure 3D.
For questions regarding the resolutions or ballot items, please call the City of Brighton’s City Clerk at 303-655-2056.