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Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Seeking To Hold Up Blue Book Printing

Sep 11, 2020

A Denver judge has rejected a lawsuit that tried to delay the distribution of the state voting guide known as the blue book.

A group trying to defend the state’s Gallagher Amendment - which limits residential property taxes - accused state lawmakers of changing the language to mislead voters and make them think repealing it would lead to tax CUTS. So they tried to get a restraining order to stop the blue book from being sent to the printers on schedule this week. 

 

But after a quick court hearing Friday, a judge declined to intervene. House Majority Leader Alec Garnett, a Denver Democrat, served on the committee that wrote the entry for the Gallagher question. He called the lawsuit “frivolous” and says lawmakers made it easier to understand the ballot measure. He also noted the write up was bipartisan. 

 

The Gallagher Amendment was approved by voters in 1982 and is the complicated system that governs property tax rates in the state. Republican and Democrats have both taken issue with how it causes financial strain for school districts, police and fire departments. Voters have an opportunity during the November election to decide if it stays or goes. 

 

Ballots will be mailed out throughout Colorado beginning Oct. 9.