Statewide Transportation Ballot Initiative will be Postponed to 2018

May 25, 2016

After a great deal of time and energy invested by stakeholders across the state for more than a year, the Colorado Contractors Association has made the difficult but smart decision to hold off on pursuing an initiated measure this year.

While public sentiment remains strong to find a solution, they feel, for many reasons 2018 may be a better time to go to the voters.

“We have spent more than a year studying and talking to voters to assess their concerns about our state’s transportation system and willingness to invest in roads, bridges, highways and other transportation improvements,” said Tony Milo, executive director of the Colorado Contractors Association. “Over the past three months, we developed several ballot questions, and then worked diligently to assess the best timetable to present voters with a ballot question. Through this research, we learned that 2018 may be a much better time for this election.”

Key concerns, according to Milo, were voter confusion created by multiple issues being discussed for this year’s statewide ballot and the uncertain dynamics of the upcoming presidential election.

“Voters expressed a lot of angst and uncertainty headed into November regarding the presidential election and an avalanche of ballot proposals being considered for this cycle,” Milo said. “However, we also know that voters are becoming more concerned about safety and congestion on Colorado’s roads—and they want action.”

Coloradans’ concerns about our state’s transportation system is a major focus for almost all statewide, regional and local business and community organizations.

“While there have been a number of different efforts exploring how transportation funding in Colorado can be addressed, we all agree that our state faces critical transportation needs. The Chamber maintains its commitment to helping build a broad coalition in Colorado to develop solutions and ensure we can move people and goods efficiently and safely throughout our state,” said Kelly Brough, President and CEO of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Driven by a significant backlog of state and local road improvements and congestion relief, the coalition took the lead in preparing several statewide ballot measures that focused on sustainable, statewide funding for mobility and safety, while ensuring accountability and transparency for taxpayers. The multiple ballot initiatives were submitted to keep several options available while additional research and discussions were conducted to assess how voters would respond.

“Through continued voter research, stakeholder engagement and statewide outreach, we plan to develop a measure for 2018 that best addresses the safety and congestion on our state’s road, highways and bridges, while also assisting Colorado’s diverse regions and local communities with their transportation needs,” Milo concluded.