Amendment 60 would allow them to vote on property tax measures

ASPEN REAL ESTATE — Second-home owners in Pitkin County would be able to vote on property tax increases if voters approve the controversial Amendment 60 in November.Currently, people who own second homes in Colorado can’t vote on property tax increases that are imposed on the district their home is in unless they consider it their primary residence.Aspen City Manager Steve Barwick said the intent of the measure is strictly to allow second-home owners a say in tax increases, although there has been chatter that, depending on the way the ballot language is interpreted by courts and attorneys, it could restrict renters from voting on property tax increases. A study conducted by the Sopris Foundation in 2006 showed that 61 percent of the city’s houses were second homes.
By Aaron Hedge, Sept. 3, 2010 Aspen Times

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