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Referendum A a blank check

Summit County Commissioner Tom Long, Silverthorne

On Nov. 4, 2003 Coloradans have an important decision to make regarding Referendum A. That decision is whether or not we want to approve a $4 billion blank check when we have no idea what the money will purchase.

Referendum A is a $4 billion blank check for Colorado voters to consider. The proponents of Referendum A have yet to identify what project(s) the money will be spent on. Yet the legislative counsel has stated that funds for projects under Referendum A could be the debt of all Coloradans regardless of whether they are beneficiaries of a project or not.

Another concern with this referendum lies in the fact that there is no basin of origin mitigation for those who might receive a project as a result. In other words there is no requirement for anyone using these funds to mitigate the impacts of their project in your back yard. This means that large trans-basin diverters could take the water without working with your local officials.

I urge all Colorado voters to consider whether it is a wise decision to give government $4 billion of debt and not know what that money will be spent on.

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