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Denver measure 307, which concerns sidewalks, has passed with 55.85% of the vote.
Ballot measure 306, which advocates dub the "Waste No More" campaign, garnered 70.86% of the votes.
Results from the final count came in at 5 p.m. Nov. 17. The election will be certified on Nov. 29.
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The ballot measure asked voters to decide if recycling and/or organic material diversion — composting — should be required at multifamily residential properties and non-residential premises, including businesses that generate a large quantity of food waste.
The city already provides recycling and composting services to single-family homes and multifamily buildings with seven or fewer units.
Opponents of the measure are concerned for the potential for increases in rents and HOA fees, framing the measure as counterproductive to efforts to make housing more affordable.
Proponents of 306 say it is important to help the city work toward its climate goals.
“What this does is send a strong message that we’re ready for climate action. We’re ready for equity,” said Ean Tafoya, a Denver resident who served as co-director of the campaign.
This ballot measure asked voters to decide if the condition of the city’s sidewalks should become the responsibility of the city, paid for through an annual fee charged to property owners.
Currently, many of Denver’s sidewalks are in disrepair, and in some parts of the city, missing. Unsafe sidewalks are a citywide issue that create difficulties for pedestrians, particularly those with disabilities, older adults and parents with young children.
Denver’s low-income neighborhoods are the most likely to have unsafe sidewalks — 47% of streets in low-income areas have missing or substandard sidewalks, according to the Denver Deserves Sidewalks campaign website.
The ballot measure proposes the creation of a complete sidewalk network that would serve every neighborhood, and the fee would provide ongoing funding for sidewalk repairs.
The Denver Deserves Sidewalks campaign website states that “policies that force adjacent property owners to shoulder the full cost of sidewalk construction and repair can be a huge financial burden. … Publicly funding sidewalks will make our city more equitable, fair and safe for all.”
Opponents of the measure argue the fee will be inequitable to some property owners, particularly in neighborhoods that have a high population of retired people and working-class families. A written comment against the measure published in the Municipal Information Booklet states: “This proposal is grossly unfair to property owners who have already paid to replace or repair their own sidewalks. They get no credit for their expenditures and have to pay for everyone else’s sidewalks for many years to come.”
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