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Four Measures that Deserve Your Vote
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Four important Pueblo County ballot measures face the valley voters this election cycle and in my opinion, all four deserve a "yes" vote. Ballot measure 6B is a no brainer. The Pueblo City-County Library received an affirmative vote on a 1999 library bond which increased the mill levy 0.6 mills or $4.30/yr. on each $100,000 of actual home value. That bond expires this year and the library simply is asking to get to keep that money.

With the money the library continues to thrive. Without the money layoffs and reduced hours seem likely especially in the outlying libraries like Colorado City.

Measure 1A asks for a .39 of a cent sales tax increase to help pay for a new jail. The very language of the measure never mentions a new jail. It identifies the sales tax as a tax for public safety. The sales tax is equitable in that everyone who buys the taxed products helps pay their share. The tax does not include everything Ė most noteworthy our groceries.

The jailís design was for housing 509 inmates. The current numbers are frequently over 700 inmates a day. For me, it isnít an issue of the poor prisoners being crowded. It is about the increased risk to the over 200 workers in the prison system and the fact that the overcrowded inmates have lawyers who just someday may sue the prison system and win. That costs the taxpayers and depending on the judge may cost us a lot more than a .39% of a penny sales tax.

Measure 4B will generate $60 million for School District 70. One third of that money will retire other bonds. The rest will be used for a variety of safety and infrastructure projects. On a $225,000 home the measure will add about $12/yr. or $1/mo. for the additional funding.

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