Vote No on Colorado Proposition HH

Proposition HH raises multiple opinions

  • by Brian McCabe Mail News Editor
  • Sep 29, 2023

One of the questions voters will see on the Colorado ballot in November is Proposition HH, which asks, "Shall the state reduce property taxes for homes and businesses, including expanding property tax relief for seniors, and backfill counties, water districts, fire districts, ambulance and hospital districts, and other local governments and fund school districts by using a portion of the state surplus up to the proposition HH cap as defined in this measure?”

The state surplus the proposition refers to is money from the Taxpayer Bill of Rights, or TABOR, revenue limit. This limit is usually equal to the prior fiscal year’s limit, plus the rate of inflation and population growth. When the limit is exceeded, Colorado residents will receive refund checks. In 2022, the state sent out $750 in rebates to individual filers and $1,500 to joint filers.

Chaffee County Republicans released a statement encouraging voters to vote no on HH, stating it “promises short-term tax relief, but instead delivers long-term tax increases,” that it “guts TABOR protections, without holding an actual vote on TABOR,” and “rewards the State of Colorado for deceitful practices.”

Vince Phillips, a member of Chaffee County Republicans, said his problem with the ballot issue is that it is deceptive.

“Even if I thought it was a good policy, which I don’t, I wouldn’t vote for it, because it’s deceptive language. Not many people know what it is about, and we need to know what we are voting for.”

Phillips said when citizens submit an issue to be placed on the ballot, a board will write the language that appears, “so that language will be fair.” The Colorado Legislature, which submitted the proposition, writes its own ballot language.

“Proposition HH will invest in our local school district here in Chaffee County to give the kids here a great education,” JoAnne Allen, first vice chair of Chaffee County Democrats, said.

When asked about his position on Proposition HH, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, a Democrat, said in an interview with the Denver Post, “Because of the very strong economy and very strong TABOR surplus, we are able to do both, we are able to not jeopardize or cut funding for our schools and provide important property tax relief today.”

Senate President Stephen Fenberg (D), also speaking to the Post, said, "That is the revenue that goes to support fire districts, to support libraries, to support schools. And that’s a core part of making sure that we do this responsibly, rather than just saying property taxes are too damn high, so let’s cut them and not think about the impact that has downstream to our local services.”

Some government officials and other entities, however, are against the proposition.

Fremont County officials, as reported by the Cañon City Daily Record, unanimously passed a resolution urging voter opposition to HH, using such language as “scam,” “shell game” and “convoluted piece of garbage.”

The Denver Gazette reported that the National Federation of Independent Business-Colorado asked its members, Colorado small-business owners, their thoughts on Proposition HH, and 90 percent said they were against it, 9 percent supported it, and 1 percent were undecided.

The Colorado Municipal League and the Colorado Special Districts Association have both come out opposing Proposition HH, along with Club 20, which represents businesses, individuals, tribes and local governments in Colorado’s 22 western counties.

Denver 9 News reported one committee was created to encourage voters to pass Proposition HH, called “Property Tax Relief Now.” This group has received money in the amount of $745,020, with donations from Gary Advocacy, a policy arm of Gary Community Ventures, the organization new Denver mayor Mike Johnson led before he was elected, plus philanthropist Pat Stryker, the National Education Association, the Education Reform Now Advocacy and Colorado Education Association.

Four different committees are against Proposition HH and have raised a combined total of $1,150,920. Some of their donors have included Defend Colorado, Advance Colorado Action, Americans for Prosperity and Boulder businessman Bill Witter, who stated to 9 News in a text, “I do think that the Colorado legislative majority and Gov. Polis are not transparently or honestly presenting to Colorado voters the likely long-lasting effects of HH if it passes in November. Measly temporary property tax ‘relief’ for permanent loss of TABOR refunds.”

For more information on Proposition HH, the Colorado information booklet on the upcoming election is now available online and can be found at

Proposition HH Is Bad for Your Future

The Taxpayer Bill of Rights(TABOR) is a state constitutional amendment that:
 Requires voter approval for all tax increases.
 Limits the amount of tax revenue the state can retain.
 Caps government growth and spending.
 Mandates excess tax revenue be refunded to taxpayers.

Do you remember receiving a $750 TABOR Refund for being overtaxed in 2022?

 Prop HH seeks permanent access to your future refunds, in return for a temporary(10 year)minor decrease in your property taxes.

 Legislature could instead reduce property taxes with a simple vote.

 Prop HH instead asks your permission to tamper with TABOR.

 Prop HH will gut TABOR, without ever taking an honest YES/NO down vote.

Prop HH Ballot Language, the only thing about HH many voters will see:


Prop HH is entrapment. It promises funding for already funded programs, sacrificing only “state surplus”, aka your refund. It is intentionally complicated, so let’s simplify:

 Does HH Ballot Language make clear that “state surplus” is your TABOR refund?

 Does HH Ballot Language tell you your property tax decrease is temporary, but access to your TABOR refund is likely permanent?

 If you read the Ballot Information Booklet, do you really understand Prop HH?

 Is HH good for renters, who receive no property tax cut but lose their TABOR Refund?

 Should the CO Legislature be rewarded for attempting to trick voters?

If your answer is NO to any of these questions, why vote yes on Prop HH?

Prop HH is a Trojan Horse!
Prop HH is long-term tax increases disguised as short-term property tax relief!
Prop HH is bad for you, and bad for Colorado!

Don’t be deceived by greedy politicians, vote NO on Prop HH!

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Watch these videos-Learn the Truth about Proposition HH!

  1. Proposition HH could reduce property taxes but some say it’s controversial - YouTube

  2. We asked Polis why equitable TABOR refunds have to be traded for a vote on Prop. HH - YouTube

  3. Proposition HH is a TAX INCREASE - Ben Murrey - YouTube

  4. The groups for and against Colorado’s Prop. HH - YouTube

This is a great Summary of the pitfalls of HH!

Rosen: Proposition HH a bait-and-switch fraud - Complete Colorado - Page Two

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Additional Information

HH reduces the residential assessment rate by 0.065% and exempts from taxation $40,000 of a home’s value.

If your property tax increase without HH in 2023 was going to be 40%, with HH passing it will still be about 30% increase over current taxes.

HH is not a property tax cut, it is a decrease of the increase!

Annual spending increases by the combined rate of population growth plus inflation, 8.5% for 2023. That is $1.5 billion in new spending.

Prop HH will also add 1% every year for 10 years, compounded. By 2032, this 1% yearly increase adds additional spending of $2.2 billion a year – taken away from taxpayer refunds.

HH gives the power to the legislature(not the people)to vote to extend this yearly 1% increase beyond 10 years.

HH anticipated to take over $5000 in TABOR refunds over ten years. What is average Property tax savings over that time? Around $2000.
How can HH claim to be a tax decrease while also increasing funding?

CO provided HH Calculator-plug in your own information:

Proposition HH Calculation Tool (

Things to Note:

The conditions are so complicated, the calculator only works for 2023 and 2024.

The taxpayer benefit drops greatly after year 1, and presumably keeps dropping afterwards.

In both examples, renters begin losing money in year 2:





Also check out this topic for more on HH.