Denver Ordinance opens local property tax to wider proposals and federal matching funds

Denver sets bar for opening local mill levy funding 

Denver Auditor Tim O'Brien exposed the misuse of local property tax at the local Community Center Board in December 2015 report. 
“Because of our audit, we had a number of meetings last year with state legislators, Denver City Council members, and the families of the intellectually and developmentally disabled clients.  The need for new legislation emerged from those meetings,” O’Brien said.  “I’m proud that we were able to play a part in improving services for these residents not just in Denver, but throughout the state.”

Approximately $14.5 million a year of property tax is now opened to proposals, more than the one historically designated monopoly.
*Contracts for purchasing services and supports for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities through any other entity or organization that provides such services.
*Transfer of revenue to the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing in order to receive matching federal funds to provide Medicaid- approved waiver services to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

January 11, 2017 Council meeting video link,
Bill 1071 starts about the 40 minute mark.

Link to bill documents and the December  committee meeting discussion with video.