Board Approves Ballot Question
Asking to Opt-Out of Senate Bill 152
During Tuesday night’s meeting, the Board of Trustees approved a resolution to add a ballot question for consideration during the November 6, 2018 election. This election will be coordinated by Boulder County and Weld County. The ballot question will ask if voters approve, without increasing taxes, to restore the Town’s authority to deploy broadband infrastructure used to provide High-Speed Broadband Internet, telecommunication services, and/or cable television services.
The ballot question approved reads as follows:
Shall the Town of Erie, without increasing taxes, be authorized to deploy broadband infrastructure used to provide advanced services (high-speed broadband internet), telecommunications services, and/or cable television services as defined by § 29-27-102 and § 29-27-402 of the Colorado Revised Statutes, including without limitation any new and improved high bandwidth services based on future technologies, to residents, businesses, schools, libraries, nonprofit entities and other users of such services, either directly, or indirectly with public and/or private sector partners.
Should this ballot question pass during the November 8, 2018 election, it does not mean that Erie will automatically become a provider of internet or other broadband services. Any action the Town may take after passage of a ballot issue to become exempt from the statutory restrictions would only come after public discussion and public input.
For additional election information, please visit www.erieco.gov/vote.