Voters reject 1A, approve 1D, keep incumbents

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Voters overwhelmingly rejected ballot initiative 1A, the so-called JOBS NOW initiative, which would have extended a 0.665 general property mill levy tax that was scheduled to expire Dec. 31.

The money would have been used for creating, attracting and retaining primary jobs as well as marketing and promoting Colorado Springs.

Voters didn’t buy it. The measure failed 62 percent to 38 percent.

However, voters did decide to give incumbent City Council members another term.

Bernie Herpin defeated Tony Carpenter 54 percent to 46 percent; and Jerry Heimlicher defeated Dave Gardner 57 percent to 43 percent.

Scott Hente and Darryl Glenn faced no opposition in their bids for re-election.

Issue 1B, revenue retention for city services, was approved narrowly, 50.62 percent to 49.38 percent. The city will be able to use about $1.2 million it received in excess of the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights property tax revenue limit to pay for essential services.

Issue 1C, which would have allowed for expansion of Trails, Open Space and Parks maintenance responsibilities was defeated 51 percent to 49 percent.

Issue 1D, received overwhelming support from voters.

By a 67 percent to 33 percent margin, Springs residents agreed to allow the airport and other city enterprises to compete for receive federal grants and federal money without impacting the city’s TABOR calculation.