With an onslaught of advertising leading up to the November election, getting the facts straight about the proposed Colorado ballot initiatives is a priority for voters.
The Summit County Republicans will host an information session today addressing problems they see with Amendment 66, the two-tiered income tax increase that would raise an additional $950 million to fund public schools. Voters will decide on the amendment in November.
Eric Buck, Summit County Republicans vice chairman, said the talk is focused on what the amendment actually includes, and what it doesn’t.
“There’s a lot of advertising that says it will put money into the classroom, but actually there’s no language in Amendment 66 that says how the money is to be spent,” he said.
The passage of Amendment 66 would enact the Future School Finance Act, Colorado Senate Bill 13-213. The bill, which was signed into law in May, includes provisions for how some of the new money from the tax increase would be spent.
Debbie Healy, a Republican from Larimer County, will discuss the amendment and tax increase today at 5:30 p.m. in the Hoosier Room at the Community and Senior Center in Frisco. Healy also will answer questions from the audience.
“There’s no accountability, no commitment to put those moneys to the items you see on TV in ads,” Buck said. “Even local school boards have some loss of control for how the money is spent.”
Buck said with all of the misleading information circulating around, he hopes this event will help clear the air about the proposed amendment and what it could mean for the state and county. He said the increase would make Colorado the state with the fifth-highest income tax in the country.
“Anybody who is willing to have an open mind and listen to the facts is welcome,” he said. “Of course, who doesn’t want to vote to support the kids in school, but what that actually means might be very different than what some people think.”
“There’s a lot of advertising that says it will put money into the classroom, but actually there’s no language in Amendment 66 that says how the money is to be spent.” Eric Buck, Summit County Republicans vice chairman