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Colorado General Assembly 2023 Special Session Begins - 9 AM

Governor Polis has called for a Colorado General Assembly Special Session for a minimum of three days to deal with Colorado property taxes after Colorado statewide Proposition HH failed to win voter approval.

Press Release:

Governor Jared Polis shared details of the scope of the Special Session of the 74th General Assembly, scheduled to commence at 9 a.m. on November 17, 2023. This is the second special session Governor Polis has called, the previous special session was focused on providing bipartisan relief to Coloradans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I am calling this session to urge the legislature to bridge partisan divides and put people over politics to provide immediate property tax relief to Coloradans facing extreme spikes from their 2023 property bills,” said Colorado Governor Jared Polis. “Coloradans are looking to us to reduce property taxes and provide relief to families, and as we always have, we will work to deliver solutions that protect and enhance the Colorado we love.”

Governor Polis is tasking the legislature to tackle two specific and urgent issues during the special session:

First, providing immediate relief for Coloradans at risk of receiving 40-50% increases in their property tax bill and to renters who may bear the burden of an increase that’s passed onto them through no fault of their own. The General Assembly already set aside $200 million for property tax relief that could be utilized right now, and Governor Polis is hopeful even more can be put toward saving people money.

Second, a recently passed federal law provides Colorado with an opportunity to provide food and nutrition benefits to over 300,000 Colorado children during the summer months beginning as soon as the summer of 2024. Passing legislation as soon as possible will enable us to stand up this critical program in time for this summer and access approximately $35 million in federal benefits. Working together in partnership with the legislature, over 300,000 Colorado children could gain access to summer meals if action is taken during this special session.

Gov. Polis is designating these specific subjects in defining the scope of this General Assembly special session for consideration, appropriate legislative action, and funding:

A. Concerning a property tax relief package to reduce Coloradans’ property tax burden in 2023.

B. Concerning the fiscal impact of the tax relief package on the interests of schools and local governments that are funded with property tax potentially utilizing reserves, TABOR surplus, and general fund.

C. Concerning necessary administrative changes attributed to the tax relief package only for 2023.

D. Concerning TABOR tax refund mechanisms only for 2023.

E. Concerning rental assistance only during the 2022-2023 fiscal year.

F. Concerning adjustments to the Earned Income Tax Credit only for the 2023 tax year, utilizing resources available from 2022-2023 fiscal year.

G. Concerning the creation of a process to review and make recommendations on long-term property tax relief.

H. Concerning the nutrition of over 300,000 food-insecure Colorado children during the summer months by establishing departmental authority to authorize the Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer program in Colorado beginning in summer 2024.

Two Amendments were made to Gov. Polis' Executive Order:

1. Section III.D of Executive Order D 2023 024 is amended to read as follows:
Concerning TABOR refund mechanisms only for the 2022-2023 fiscal year.

2. Section III.E of Executive Order D 2023 024 is amended to read as follows:
Concerning rental assistance only during the 2023-2024 fiscal year.

Read more in Governor Polis' Colorado General Assembly special session press release

All Colorado General Assembly meetings can be streamed live online  Colorado General Assembly live online streaming
When:
Friday, November 17, 2023 to Sunday, November 19, 2023
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