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Opponents of Denver Olympics file proposed ballot initiative as exploratory committee nears recommendation

Committee leaders say aim would be to privately finance Winter Games

Jon Murray / The Denver Post

Former Colorado Gov. Dick Lamm, left, speaks as Chris Dempsey, co-chair of the No Boston Olympics initiative, listens during a meeting about Denver submitting a bid to host a future edition of the Winter Olympics Saturday, March 10, 2018, in Denver. Opponents and proponents of the idea to host a Winter Olympics in Colorado squared off at the debate.

Opponents organized under the "NOlympics" banner have filed a proposed Denver ballot initiative aimed at establishing a right of refusal for voters before the city could spend public money to seek or host the Winter Games.

The measure is set for a review and comment hearing with a City Council attorney Tuesday afternoon. If the NOlympics Colorado Committee is successful in collecting 4,726 signatures from verified registered Denver voters in coming months, the initiative would appear on the November ballot.

It's still unclear whether Denver and Colorado will bid for the 2030 Olympics, but the question could be resolved in the next month or so, as the Denver Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Exploratory Committee finishes its work.

Local exploratory leaders have sketched out ideas for a privately financed hosting effort.

But a leader of the opposition effort says the ballot measure will serve as a way to "call their bluff."

"If it's a truly private initiative — which we know it's not — then let's codify that," said Kyle Zeppelin, a co-chairman of the NOlympics committee.

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