Colorado Data Center Legislation Under Review

Colorado data centers may get a financial boost, depending on the results of lobbying in the state legislature. Two losses of valuable data center tax breaks happened due to intense state politics, but at least one bill that provided tax breaks was extended.

The most surprising loss was that of House Bill 1158, a bill that started as a sales tax break for data center equipment. However, it was bumped down to a cost-free study on whether tax breaks could be considered before ultimately being abandoned in a 20-15 vote. 

The passage of House Bill 1348 also hurt data centers in the region. The urban-renewal reform measure will require cities and counties to submit cases regarding using tax-increase financing to a third party mediator if city and county government can't agree. This is expected to make it more difficult for these projects to proceed because it passed.

Finally, a bill that asked for fiscal-impact notes to be added to citizen-generated ballots was killed in an 18-17 decisions, which would actually have limited the amount of information citizens would have had access to, according to Colorado Concern President and CEO Tamra Ward.

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