Letter to the editor: Vote yes on Proposition CC to help fix our roads
Proposition CC asks you to give up a tax refund if the state of Colorado collects more than is allowed under the TABOR amendment instituted in 1992. The amendment was intended to restrict growth of government and taxes. The unintended consequences is that it has reduced tax collection year after year for state and local areas, so they can no longer provide services or improvements for the community you live in.
When you look at the Peak 7 paving situation, Summit County has said it has not paved any neighborhoods since TABOR went into effect. This is a direct result of TABOR reducing the ability of the county to even contribute toward the project, and now the residents pay the entire cost at $20,000 each.
The state of Colorado does not have the money to build new lanes to accommodate increased traffic. Instead they are creating pay lanes that actually use the shoulder or emergency parking to accommodate the increased traffic at the risk of safety. If you break down and pull into the “emergency lane,” there is a good chance you could get hit by the person traveling faster than the average traffic or by someone using that lane when it is closed.
Visitors to Colorado use our roads and services and, in exchange, pay a lot of sales tax. During periods of economic growth, that money should be used to repair our roads, not refunded to residents.
Opponents want you to believe this is big government increasing your taxes, but in reality, it is giving up a small refund to fund roads and schools for the greater good of Colorado. If you choose to vote against CC, then you can expect to pay more in non-tax fees, which has become the norm for alternative revenues.
Thank you for your consideration.
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