2020 Ballot Measures
Greeley Sales Tax
Greeley’s food tax funds the backbone of Greeley’s infrastructure repairs and improvements.
This revenue source is set to expire next year.
Without this revenue, Greeley will be forced to delay or cut important infrastructure projects or services.
City council decided to ask voters in this November 2020 election if the previously voter-approved food tax should be extended and provide the funding to continue making these investments in the community.
The City of Greeley will continue to be a good steward of taxpayer dollars. Should voters extend the food tax, spending from this ballot measure will be overseen by a citizens’ committee and published on the city’s website, keeping the city accountable and the interests of Greeley residents at heart.
Greeley’s Food Tax Quick Facts
- 3.0% tax on all unprepared food products, like groceries
- Our primary funding for parks, recreation, public building maintenance, and a contributing funding source for Greeley street maintenance.
- Approved by voters in six elections since 1990
- About $9 million in revenue annually
- Rebates available for qualifying households
Reasons to Renew
- Improves livability and quality of life
- Minimizes maintenance costs
- Stabilizes and enhances city services
- Matched project funding possibilities
Reasons to Oppose
- While our unemployment remains high and our economy is in a recession, we should be lowering taxes
- Taxes on food are considered “regressive.” Lower income individuals should be taxed at a lower rate
HistoryA 3.0% sales tax on groceries only, was originally approved by voters in 1990 and remained at the same rate for each five-year renewal since that time. The Food Tax has been and remains focused largely on the repair and replacement of public buildings, recreational facilities, and streets. As the major funding source for projects of that nature, the Food Tax generated revenue invested in the following amounts and areas during the period of 2014-2018:
| AREA||AMOUNT ||SUPPORTING AREAS WITH |
| Parks Maintenance || $5.7 Million || 1,738 acres of parks and open space|
| Building Maintenance || $6.9 Million || More than 1 Million square feet of facility space|
| Traffic Signal Maintenance || $500,000 || 68 traffic signals|
| Street Maintenance || $29.7 Million || 379 Road Miles, 700 miles of Curb, Gutter and Sidewalk|
| ADA accessibility || $1.8 Million || Funding ADA compliance projects|
The Greeley area is one of the fastest growing communities in the United States. Growth brings new opportunities, but it also brings more traffic than ever, and increased congestion is hard on Greeley’s infrastructure. Street repair crews need resources now more than ever.
Since 1990, when the food tax first passed, the population of Greeley has grown by 77% - outpacing the rest of Colorado. Now, Greeley is consistently noted as one of the fastest growing cities in the country.
Since 2010, Greeley has been the sixth fastest growing metro areas and, meanwhile, the Walton Family Foundation ranked it the 8th “most dynamic” metropolitan areas because of job growth, income gains and entrepreneurialism. It’s also been named the sixth best place for first-time homebuyers by WalletHub and the sixth “hottest job market” in the United States according to the Wall Street Journal. It’s no wonder our population is growing.