Marijuana, broadband and measures to opt out of constitutional revenue limits were popular among voters in city and county ballot measures statewide during this week's elections.
Voters in 17 cities and two counties on Tuesday decided they wanted local control over broadband decisions, not including one community that approved going into debt to pay for installing high-speed fiber optic lines.
That brings to 30 counties and 86 municipalities that have opted out of statewide provisions that took away local control on broadband decisions. Grand Junction did the same a few years ago.
As a result, several of them are taking the next step toward actually getting high-speed internet that traditional providers aren't offering, said Christopher Mitchell, director of the Community Broadband Network, a national initiative started by the Minneapolis-based Institute for Self Reliance.
"We have seen overwhelming support for local internet choice in Colorado," Mitchell said. "These cities and counties recognize that they cannot count on Comcast and CenturyLink alone to meet local needs, which is why you see overwhelming support even in an off-year election."
In Fort Collins, where voters overwhelmingly approved going into debt by up to $150 million, Comcast spent nearly $500,000 battling the measure. The cable television provider did something similar in Longmont, which has since created its own internet service provider company.
Elsewhere in the state, two more counties, Eagle and Gilpin, approved a special sales tax on medical and retail marijuana sales, along with 10 cities and towns across the state. Only one town, Foxfield, a small community in the Denver metropolitan area, rejected a pot tax.
At the same time, two cities in the San Luis Valley, Alamosa and Monte Vista, rejected allowing medical and retail marijuana sales within their boundaries, while the small town of Rocky Ford in southeast Colorado approved it.
Meanwhile, five counties and five cities approved some sort of measure allowing them to retain tax revenue over limits set by the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights, with only one, Lochbuie in northeastern Colorado, rejecting the idea.
When it came to public safety matters, Mesa County voters weren't the only ones to approve a special tax to fund it. Three counties and five cities also did so, while a handful of others also approved special taxes for ambulance or fire service.
Voters in a handful of other cities approved a variety of issues, such as Pueblo and Castle Rock deciding to have an elected mayor instead of a city manager, Colorado Springs approving a stormwater fee, Broomfield expanding its powers to regulate oil and gas operations, and Trinidad giving its full-time city workers the right to collective bargaining.