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A Guide To The (Local) Election

We decipher five (potentially wonky) state and city referendums you’ll see on the November ballot.

Scientific & Cultural Facilities District: Since 1989, one penny of every $10 spent (limited to goods with sales tax) in the Denver metro area has gone to cultural institutions, like the Denver Art Museum. Set to expire in 2018, voters can extend the SCFD till 2030.

Amendment 69: Advocates of universal health care want to create a system, ColoradoCare, that would cover every Coloradan—and cost taxpayers $25 billion a year.

Denver Public Schools’ Bond and Mill Levy: DPS is looking for $572 million in bond funding to build and repair schools and $56.6 million for college- and career-readiness, early literacy, and other programs.

The $12 Minimum Wage Amendment: The minimum wage would increase from $8.31 per hour to $9.30, with scheduled annual rises at the start of every year until it hits $12 in January 2020.

Public Marijuana Consumption: This ballot initiative would create a pilot program allowing Denver businesses to designate specific areas in which patrons could legally consume marijuana.

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