Colo. community leaders review ballot issues

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Colorado community leaders are meeting to go over issues on the November ballot.

Members of the Colorado Municipal League are meeting in Breckenridge for their annual get-together, where they’re trying to determine the financial impact if any of the initiatives pass.

The group represents leaders from more than 260 communities around the state.

Three measures on the ballot particularly have them worried.

One seeks to cut taxes and fees on motor vehicles, reduce income tax rates and end most taxes on telecommunications.

Another initiative would lower property taxes and in some cases eliminate them altogether and the third proposal would end borrowing by state government and limit borrowing by local governments.

- Associated Press

5 Responses to Colo. community leaders review ballot issues

  1. I would like to ask one question to the people who have these ballots out or should I guess that they are Doug Bruce Ballot issues.
    How do the people of this city think things get funded? The very people that say cut taxes are the very people who bitch when they notice that something they love to do is gone. Why doesn’t someone explain to us how taxes are actually used to improve and fund those wonderful things we like to do.. Like drive on well paved roads, keep our parks open and beautiful, provide safety for all citizens, provide the funding for schools to teach our children, provide services for the poor and elderly.
    I am so irritated that all people want to do is be tax free. Believe me, I am all for getting rid of taxes, but also understand that is how this country runs. Could they be used better, maybe, but in the end it takes money to keep things going and I can assure you “Money doesn’t grow on trees”!
    So yes as the people planning the budget.. I would be scared as hell to know that if all these measures pass… we could very well be screwed.
    Just my two cents

    Kim Kolb
    June 24, 2010 at 8:09 am

  2. No community can fuction effectively without adequate tax revenue. Mr. Bruce certainly is behind these devastating amendments, but he seems to be hiding under his desk and not willing to comment on them. His unwillingness to defend the viability of what he has proposed should tell the community something. He is no doubt hoping the timing of these amendments in an atmosphere of growing anti-government sentiment will help him succeed in handcuffing our elected officials and punishing ALL citizens under the guise of “tax savings.” How good is it for our State to have schools that are so underfunded that class room sizes double, and the number of teachers is reduced by half? Is that what sound-thinking Coloradoans want for our state? If we don’t effective rally to defeat these terrible amendments we will regret it for a long, long time.
    If we want to deepen the current recession, voting YES on these amendments will ensure that result.

    Don Addy
    June 24, 2010 at 1:02 pm

  3. Yup, from what I understand, Doug Bruce and his proxies are behind all three of these measures. “Lower taxes” sounds good until you read the details and understand the consequences. Immediate impact would be the loss of 100,000 jobs, including 25,000 teachers. The small businesses that provide products and services to government would be hit hard, destroying job creation. So, we take the recession we’re just starting to pull out of and make it a way of life for the next decade. How cool is that?

    Of course this means a skyrocketing foreclosure rate, and the devaluation of property values everywhere. Haven’t property values dropped enough?

    But wait, it gets better. No government borrowing means that to build a bridge or airport, you’d have to raise all the money up front. So you need to ask people to vote for a huge tax increase to raise the money, and they will essentially be asked to foot the bill for 100% of the cost of a road or airport that will be in use for 50 or more years, and no one else who uses that infrastructure for the next 49 years has to pay a cent.

    Nope, I don’t like taxes. And I’m really upset by the horrendous amount my vehicle registration costs me. And the add-ons to my phone bill make me fume. But this kind of damn-the-torpedoes meat axe is not the answer. We don’t need runaway unemployment and a collapsing economy on top of all our other challenges.

    Elliot Pulham
    June 24, 2010 at 1:05 pm

  4. It just takes oone word to comment. Amen to the above. I’ve never agreed so much that I couldn’t have said it better myself.

    GeneFinkelstein
    June 24, 2010 at 1:42 pm

  5. Hey, somebody pinch me!

    I’m thrilled to see that the citizenry and leadership of our fair city are speaking out against tax cuts and spending freezes. Those phrases may sound appealing, but they’re wolves in sheep’s clothing in these economic times. Thank you Mr. Pulham for describing the detrimental long-term outcomes so plainly and accurately.

    Here’s to common sense and a view beyond our own driveways . . .

    Ellen
    June 24, 2010 at 3:47 pm