Colorado Senior Lobby Newsletter

August 2019

August 2019 eNewsletter – CLICK HERE

In this issue you will find:

  • Have you bought your ticket? – CLICK HERE
  • The Mysteries of how Gallagher, Tabor, Senior Property Tax Exemption …
  • CSL 2020 Legislative Planning Committee
  • Articles that got our attention: Larimer County assessments lead to protests, state demographer calls for creativity in housing seniors, Colorado needs affordable housing, new legislation could change landscape for renters, good riddance to patronage jobs, Colorado school districts grapple with insuring against hail, Peak Health Alliance is up and running in Summit County, Treasurer’s office failing to reunite Coloradans with lost property, and The Royal Gorge Bridge is 90
  • Upcoming Events in August
  • Volunteer with CSL
  • Have you joined for 2019?
  • Thank you 2019 Senior Day Sponsors!

Have you bought your ticket for Death and Taxes?

When: Monday, August 12, 2019
Death and Taxes: Understanding at Least One of Them.
How Colorado’s Unique Tax Structure Matters to YOU and YOUR Family.
8:00AM – 9:00AM Coffee & Gathering
9:00AM – 3:30PM Program, with Lunch

Where: PPA Events Center
Address: 2105 Decatur Street, Denver, CO 80211

Tickets: $20 per person – includes full program, with Lunch and Laugh (with Chicken Lips) and helps support Colorado Senior Lobby programs. Seating is limited – buy your tickets today! – CLICK HERE

The Mysteries of how Gallagher, Tabor, Senior Property Tax Exemption, Amendment 23, Referendum C and Proposition CC work together (or not)

Colorado Senior Lobby is picking up where we left off last year with the very successful Senior Homestead Exemption event. Building on that, on August 12th, we’ll provide updates on the Homestead Exemption legislative activity, and put it into the context of how it fits into the state budget, how it gets paid for and why that is a recurring issue.

Most of our state budget is run not by the people we elect to represent us, but by algorithms which are in effect formulas. Also, Constitutional and federally imposed funding mandates impact our state budget, along with self-imposed revenue and spending caps, also determined by algorithms – READ MORE

And in case you missed it, here is a link to July’s article about these tax issues
Dear Colorado Taxpayers, The structure for raising the revenue needed for state and local governments of Colorado to provide the investments and services we all rely on is not widely understood (this is an understatement). Be honest – do YOU understand it? Are you even interested? You should be. Here’s why … – READ MORE

An Update on the CSL 2020 Legislative Planning Committee

The Colorado Senior Lobby Legislative Committee has been working on 2020 Legislative Planning. The CSL Legislative Committee has met monthly since the 2019 session was over and starting in September they will meet every other week. The goal is to review upcoming 2020 proposed legislation and issues between now and the end of the year and be prepared for the 2020 Legislative Session.

Note that the process of reviewing Colorado legislation is an extremely important part of the lobby’s work, if not the most important work we take on. While the legislature is in session, from January through May we meet weekly on Mondays reviewing legislation and hearing from advocacy groups, non-profits and for-profit entities that are impacted by proposed legislation. In the end, the knowledge the CSL Legislative Committee gains from these meetings and the research we do on legislation, all contribute to the work that the CSL Capitol Gang does at The Capitol lobbying on issues that impact older adults in Colorado – READ MORE

Articles that got our attention

We hope that all of you are watching and reading multiple news sources. Aside from keeping us informed, these ‘news sources’ need our support so where possible please have a paid subscription. Here are some article that may be of interest to you – READ MORE

Colorado Day 2019 is August 1st!

“The Centennial State celebrates its 143rd birthday on Thursday, August 1st. More than 20 partner attractions from alpacas to art cars to Smokey Bear will be at History Colorado Center in Denver. Balloons, birthday cake, a bounce house, chalk art, folklorico dancers, face painting, live music, and photos with Denver mascots will be at the gathering and it is all free! …” – LEARN MORE

Not in Denver on August 1st for Colorado Day at the History Colorado Center in Denver?
If you are not in Denver on August 1st, note that all of History Colorado’s museums throughout the state offer free museum admission on Colorado Day – LEARN MORE

Upcoming Events in August

August 1 – Colorado Day 2019
August 9-11 – Jeffco Fair and Festival – Golden
August 12 – Death and Taxes: Understanding at Least One of Them – LEARN MORE
August 15-18 – Palisades Peach Festival – Palisade
August 16-18 – Wellness Your Way Festival – Denver
August 22 – Statewide Outreach and Engagement Forums – Centennial
August 23 through September 2 – Colorado State Fair & Rodeo – Pueblo
August 26 – Arapahoe County Council on Aging – Englewood
August 29 – CSL Legislative Committee Meeting
August 29 – Statewide Outreach and Engagement Forums – Fort Collins

Find details on our News & Events – CLICK HERE

Volunteer with CSL

We are reaching out to see if you want to volunteer to help grow Colorado Senior Lobby. There are many ways you can help from event planning to fundraising, membership drives, media promotion and more. Send us an email and tell us about your interests, skills and talents – CLICK HERE

Join Colorado Senior Lobby Today

Nearly 25% of the People of Colorado are over the age of 60 – together we can become a BOOMING voice. CSL – with you on board works to improve the health and well-being of Colorado’s older adults. By being a member, you are helping fulfill that mission. Become a participant in the policies impacting your life. Cost to join for 2019 is $30 per Individual and $40 for a Family Membership.

Join Today – Individual & Family Memberships – CLICK HERE

Join Today – Organizational Memberships start at $150 – CLICK HERE

Thank you 2019 Senior Day Sponsors – CLICK HERE

If you find an interesting article to share send us the link – CONTACT US


“You have one of the most tremendous resources before you today which is an organization tuned into your issues that will actually take the time to train you how to be a citizen lobbyist. I really encourage you to take advantage of it …”

Rachel Zenzinger, Senate District 19

Colorado Senior Lobby Summer Social 2017