Lou Schroeder: Vote no on Prop. 103 | SummitDaily.com

Lou Schroeder: Vote no on Prop. 103

Lou Schroeder
Greenwood Village

Last week I had the privilege of attending the Colorado Special District Association annual convention in Breckenridge. While there I took advantage of the opportunity to bring home your Summit Daily News so I could learn a bit about your beautiful mountain area.

I read Caddie North’s article, “Voters to see 3 tax questions on ballot,” in the Sept. 15 paper. Apparently she should resurrect Paul Harvey to tell us “The Rest of the Story” about the paragraph, “Education funding: Proposition 103.”

That title is a tired, worn version of the oft played, “It’s for the kids” ploy of school elections, which this is not!

She wrote: “… expected to pull in more than $500 million annually to fund preschool through higher education in Colorado.”

The truth is that is the myth big-spending, big-government Rollie Heath would like we voters to swallow. The truth also is that the proposition was only put on the ballot by collecting petition signatures, hoping to dupe voters, because it could not get through the Legislature as a ballot issue.

The truth also is that should the tax raises pass, all the monies realized therefrom would go into the general fund, which the Legislature can spend any way it desires, perhaps even for education (Ho, ho, ho?), but also, probably more likely, for pet projects and special interests of campaign donors and lobbyists.

The truth also is that historic tax raiser Gov. Hickenlooper (D) has not endorsed the tax raises, even after his “slam-dunk” reputation building as a tax raiser as Denver Mayor of getting nine out of nine tax proposals on the ballot passed and his campaigning as our “Education Governor.”

Do not be misled, voters! It is your money and you know how to spend it better than any government ever will. Vote no on Prop. 103.

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