Shay Legg weighs medical marijuana at Physician Preferred Products in Northglenn. (Lindsay Pierce, YourHub)

Northglenn ballot proposal: pot tax for building new rec center, senior center

The Northglenn City Council on onday night approved a special election to be held Nov. 4 regarding a proposed 2 percent sales tax on marijuana.

Projected revenue from the increase would generate $450,000 a year on the city’s six licensed recreational and medical marijuana businesses currently in operation. The money would be used for new construction on public facilities.

The original ballot question said revenue gained from the proposed increase could be used to help build a new recreation center, senior center, city hall and/or police department.

Councilwoman Carol Dodge offered a change that removes the city hall and police department from the ballot question. She said the city has already identified potential bonds and other funding sources for the new police department and city hall.

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She said she believes voters would likely pass the tax increase if the ballot question didn’t mention those facilities specifically.

“This doesn’t totally eliminate those other entities from receiving the money, but I think that the residents would like … this marijuana tax money going toward something that they will be able to utilize in the future,” Dodge said.

Though the police department and city hall will be removed from the ballot question, they are not necessarily exempt from receiving funds from the pot tax.

Northglenn voters approved Amendment 64 in 2012 by nearly 60 percent.

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