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Colorado voters reject controversial “takings” measure, Amendment 74

November 12, 2018

The Gazette,

November 7, 2018-

While Colorado voters said yes to a host of Democratic candidates Tuesday night, they said no to most of the 13 amendments and propositions on the ballot, including the controversial Amendment 74. That measure, which would have required state or local governments to reimburse property owners when new regulations have the effect of lowering property values, was defeated 1,012,723 to 876,373.

Amendment 74 was opposed by the Colorado Municipal League, Colorado Counties Inc., Club 20, Action 22, and a host of other civic organizations. A committee formed to oppose the measure, Save Our Neighborhoods, raised $6.5 million, mostly from groups like Conservation Colorado and the League of Conservation Voters. Its public face was the Colorado Farm Bureau but the real power behind it was the oil and gas industry, which put $11 million into the Committee for Colorado’s Shared Heritage. The measure’s proponents were criticized for mailers that falsely claim the Colorado Springs Gazette editorial board still endorses the measure.

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