The Town of Wellington will have a special municipal election in coordination with the Larimer County Clerk and Recorder's November 2, 2021 election. The Town of Wellington will have three items on the November 2, 2021 ballot. Two of those items are ballot questions and one is a ballot issue. The ballot issue is a TABOR (Taxpayer Bill of Rights) question.
In 1998, voters approved an additional 1% sales tax for construction and reconstruction of Wellington streets. This increased the tax rate in Wellington from 2% to 3% beginning January 1, 1999. In 2011, voters approved that between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2021 that 1% could also be used for parks, trails and open spaces. On August 10, 2021, the Board of Trustees approved Ordinance 09-2021 referring to the voters the question of whether the 1% should continue to be split between parks, trails and open spaces and streets.
Ballot Question 2A
May Previously approved sales and use tax revenues continue to be applied to pay costs of Parks, Trails and Open Spaces as well as Streets?
If voters vote yes on 2A, the existing 1% sales tax for streets may continue to be used for parks, trails and open space until December 31, 2031. If voters vote no, the 1% sales tax will be used solely for streets.
2B and 300
Citizens collected signatures in support of two initiative ordinances that were submitted to the Town on July 30, 2020.
- An Ordinance Concerning the Regulation of Retail and Medical Marijuana Stores in the Town of Wellington
- An Ordinance Concerning Retail Marijuana Sales Tax in the Town of Wellington, Colorado
Upon receipt and verification, the Town found that the required number of valid signatures had been submitted for the initiatives to be placed on the ballot.
Subsequently, protests were filed challenging the sufficiency of the proposed ordinances and a hearing was held. The initiated ordinance for sales tax upon marijuana was found to be sufficient and the Board of Trustees referred the sales tax question to the voters for the November 2, 2021 general election.
The citizen-initiated ordinance for the regulation and sale of marijuana was found to not be sufficient. The proponents of the initiative filed multiple lawsuits for review of this determination. A settlement was reached requiring the referral of a revised ordinance that fixed certain deficiencies in the original proposed ordinance. In May 2021, the Board of Trustees referred the revised ordinance for the regulation and sale of marijuana to the voters for the November 2, 2021 general election.
Ballot Question 2B
Allowing the sale of Medical and Retail Marijuana in the Town of Wellington.
If voters vote yes, that will allow retail and medical marijuana stores in the Town of Wellington, subject to regulations that include setbacks from certain uses and location only in the C-3 zone. If voters vote no, retail and medical marijuana stores will continue to not be allowed in Wellington.
Ballot Issue 300
Ordinance Concerning Retail Marijuana Sales Tax in the Town of Wellington, Colorado
If voters vote yes and if Ballot Question 2B passes, retail marijuana and retail marijuana products would be assessed a 3.5% sales tax, in addition to any other assessed state, county, or municipal sales tax. The new sales tax would be used for general operating expenses. If voters vote no and Ballot Question 2B passes, there will be no additional sales tax on retail marijuana and retail marijuana products, though any other state, county, or local sales taxes would continue to apply.
2021 Ballot Question Information
Retail and Medical Marijuana Sales
- A Resolution Referring a Ballot Question Related to Retail and Medical Marijuana Sales
- Full Text of Retail and Medical Marijuana Sales
Retail Marijuana Sales Tax
- A Resolution Referring an Initiated Ordinance Concerning Retail Marijuana Sales Tax
- Full Text of Retail Marijuana Sales Tax
1% Sales Tax Allocation
Regular municipal elections for the Town of Wellington are held in April of even-numbered years. All municipal elections are non-partisan.