Election 2019: Larimer County voters appear opposed to road tax, but ready to approve teacher raises

These are the third batch of results from the Larimer County Clerk’s office on two ballot initiatives BizWest is watching tonight. All figures are accurate as of 11:30 p.m.

It’s unlikely Larimer County will have all of its ballots counted by tonight. Clerk Angela Meyers told The Coloradoan there were about 26,000 votes cast today, far more than the 20,000 it projected it could process Tuesday.

Larimer County 1A

56.4 percent of Larimer County voters were opposed to the county’s bid to raise the sales tax for a slew of road and public services improvements, according to ballot return figures as of 9:20 p.m.

50,202 votes were cast against the ballot issue, with 38,678 votes cast for it.

This ballot issue would raise sales taxes by 0.5 percent over the next 20 years, or an estimated $39 million annually, for a slew of transport and public services:

  • 45 to 50 percent for roadway improvements.
  • 15 to 20 percent for public transport.
  • 35 percent to open a centralized human services building and add courtroom space.

The county’s current sales tax is 0.8 percent.

Poudre SD 4A

Teachers in Larimer County appear set get a raise, as a ballot initiative to increase starting salaries and the pay structure for Poudre School District R-1 was overwhelmingly approved.

61.13 percent of votes were in favor of Poudre School District R-1 Ballot Issue 4A, while 38.87 percent voted against.

This ballot issue would raise $18 million in year in additional property taxes to increase starting teacher salaries and provide raises to current teachers and support staff, along with adding mental health counselors and security staff.