TABOR

About TABOR


TABOR, or the Taxpayer Bill of Rights, is an amendment to the Colorado Constitution voters approved in 1992. The amendment limits the amount of revenue a government can collect and spend, and requires voter approval for tax increases and to issue general obligation or revenue bond debt.

Voters may lift this provision, known as "de-Brucing." Eighty-seven percent of municipalities and virtually all school districts in Colorado are exempt from TABOR revenue restrictions.

Revenue cap


When revenues exceed TABOR limits, the Town has two choices:
1. Refund the money in some manner
2. Ask voters to keep and spend the money on local services (up to a year retroactively)

Both options have occurred in Castle Rock the past.

The Town's current TABOR status

Town Council in June 2014 directed staff to manage Town finances to keep revenues within TABOR limits to the extent possible, and staff has done so.

Still, due to favorable economic conditions and increased Town revenue, the Town exceeded its TABOR revenue cap for 2015 by $714,580. Various factors contributed to the surplus, including strong sales tax growth and contributions for the construction of the North Meadows Extension and Philip S. Miller Park.

Council decided to send the 2015 TABOR matter to a public vote, which occurred as part of the Nov. 8, 2016 general election, resulting in the Town being permitted to retain the excess revenues for transportation or public safety. Council will decide how these funds will be used at an upcoming meeting.  View additional details on election results.