Election

El Paso County voters approve sales tax extension for public safety

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - El Paso County voters have approved Ballot Issue 1A, which extends a 0.23 percent sales tax for public safety. 

Unofficial results as of Tuesday evening show the measure passing with 70 percent of the vote, or 128,878 votes. 

The tax was set to expire in 2021. The extension means it will expire on January 1, 2029. 

"Our public safety tax is important to this community," newly re-elected El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder said about the measure's approval. "It was a landslide victory. It tells the community that they are behind us 100 percent, and I love that," 

According to the ballot measure, the tax will be used for law enforcement, criminal justice, and emergency response needs. 

 


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