About 65 percent of voters oppose Issue 2C, which would have raised property taxes to pay for city services in Colorado Springs, and 35 percent support it, according to early, unofficial polling results.
That’s with 100 percent of precincts reporting and 79,190 votes cast.
City officials warned that if the measure didn’t pass, it could mean some parks will be closed and community services, such as staffing to the Pioneers Museum, could be cut.
“It’s just the wrong time time to be asking for a tax increase,” said City Councilman Bernie Herpin. “It’s most unfortunate, because the people who most need the services will lose them.”
Concern also came from the arts community.
“l’m disappointed but not surprised, said Bettina Swigger, executive director of COPPeR, the culteral office of the Pikes Peak Region. “At Copper we didn’t take a position, but we’re going to do everything possible to keep the Pioneers Museum open and to help the parks department continue to host community outdoor events that bring the community together.”