Common Sense speakers

Experts expected to discuss Amendment B on with the Common Sense Institute are, from left, Joann Groff, Kent Thiry, Michael Fields and Michael Gifford on Sept. 17, 2020.

Panelists and leaders of the Common Sense Institute will discuss the November ballot questions in a free online program Thursday morning at 7:30.

Colorado Politics senior writer Joey Bunch will post questions about Amendment B, the proposal to repeal the state constitution's Gallagher Amendment, to:

  • JoAnn Groff, the state of Colorado's property tax administrator
  • Kent Thiry, campaign chair for the Yes on Amendment B campaign
  • Michael Fields, executive director of Colorado Rising State Action
  • Michael Gifford, CEO of Associated General Contractors

The Gallagher Amendment was passed by state voters in 1982 to require property taxes statewide get 55% of taxable value from commercial property at 45% from residential. Gallagher locked the assessment rate for commercial properties at 29% of the property value.

The effect of that has been to hamstring some school districts and other rural local needs, according to longtime opponents.

The hour-long program will also feature Kristin Strohm and Earl Wright, an institute co-founder who is CEO and board chair for AMG National Trust Bank.

CSI's Policy and research director Chris Brown will discuss the impacts of propositions 116 (the state income tax rate reduction), 117 (voter approval for certain new state enterprises) and 118 (paid family and medical leave).

Register for the program by clicking here.

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