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Colorado Proposition DD:
Legalize Sports Betting with Tax Revenue for Water Projects Measure (2019)


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Ballot Title

Shall state taxes be increased by twenty-nine million dollars annually to fund state water projects and commitments and to pay for the regulation of sports betting through licensed casinos by authorizing a tax on sports betting of ten percent of net sports betting proceeds, and to impose the tax on persons licensed to conduct sports betting?

Note: The Ballot Title will not appear in the Denver Revised Municipal Code. The text of the measure that will appear in the Denver Revised Municipal Code is listed below under Full Text.

Ballot Question Details

Colorado Proposition DD, Legalize Sports Betting with Tax Revenue for Water Projects Measure (2019)

The full text of the measure can be found here

1) Water is a scarce resource in Colorado, and demand will continue to increase as the state’s population grows. Colorado’s economy and way of life, from urban cities to agricultural communities, will suffer if the state cannot meet its water demands. Revenue from taxes on legalized sports betting would provide much-needed financial support to protect the state’s water resources.

2) Many Coloradans bet on sporting events now, but because that activity is illegal, they use black market bookies and websites, which are not subject to oversight or regulation. Legalizing sports betting in Colorado will create consumer protections for people who place sports bets, ensuring that they receive their winnings and do not fall victim to fraud or abuse.

1) Proposition DD puts no limits on the amount a person can bet on sports, making it easy to lose a lot of money with just the touch of a button on a smartphone. Of the millions in potential revenue, only $130,000 each year is dedicated to gambling addiction services, and this amount does not grow with an increase in sports betting activity. This small amount of money may not be enough to help people who are harmed by the legalization of sports betting in Colorado.

2) Proposition DD tries to tackle Colorado’s water needs without providing enough detail or money. Specific water projects are not identified, and some may have potential unintended consequences for the environment and some communities. Additionally, Proposition DD will pay for only a portion of the Colorado Water Plan.


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