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Letter to the Editor: Ballot Issue No. 6C
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Colorado City Metropolitan District (CCMD) is going to have to refund a little over $6000 total of collected 2018 property taxes to be spread amongst all of Colorado City property owners. This is mandated by revenue restrictions imposed by a well meaning but terribly written amendment to the Colorado Constitution voted in by the taxpayers in 1992. The intent of Article X, Section 20 (also known as the “taxpayer bill of rights” or TABOR) was to limit the amount of revenue a government entity can retain and spend, thereby limiting the growth of government. Unfortunately what it does is stymie the needed existing and future infrastructure improvements and maintenance as we inevitably see population growth. We need to fix and improve our water and waste water system, roads, swimming pool/rec center, trail system, golf course, and on and on. The CCMD staff are busting their tails to keep this a wonderful place to live because they like it here too. Because of limited resources they are forced to work mostly on repairs instead of maintenance and improvement. So, it doesn’t make sense to me that we are forced to give a very small refund to each property owner when that sum could be used to improve and maintain our infrastructure. We should combine that $6000 with some grants and funds that are available to small communities to make improvements, but because those grants and funds would be revenue they are also affected by TABOR.

Anyone that knows me would agree that I’m fiscally very conservative (my Mom has said “That Neil can squeeze a dime out of a nickel!”). I’m not keen on paying taxes and certainly not more taxes. I do believe we need to make investments to improve, manage, and maintain our city.

Please vote on November 5, 2019, or before by mail. Passing Ballot Issue No. 6C will not raise our taxes but will give us the opportunity to search for, acquire, and retain funds to make much needed investments. Please vote YES on Ballot Issue No. 6C.


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