Election 2010 Endorsement: Vote no on Amendments 60, 61 and Prop 101 | PostIndependent.com

Election 2010 Endorsement: Vote no on Amendments 60, 61 and Prop 101

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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Amendments 60, 61 and Proposition 101 are blind stabs at controlling government spending without understanding the effects of these knee-jerk approaches.

If these measures pass, government spending would decrease dramatically, but the repurcussions on citizens will include school closures and a general decline in the quality of life for the Western Slope.

The authors behind these three ballot initiatives – who have yet to take responsibility for writing these reckless measures and reveal themselves – want government spending to slam on the brakes. And, judging by the ballot language, it would appear they also want citizens to suffer from a lack of government services.

We are among a chorus of respectable institutions which oppose these measures.

Local municipalities and our school district have come out against the initiatives, along with more than 500 other governments, school districts and organizations across the state.

The initiatives would not only cut revenues, but would also limit local governments’ ability to borrow money.

If Amendment 61 passes, it would require governments to ask voters every time they want to borrow money. If the voters say no to those requests, the school district would have to shut down schools, without discussion.

Amendment 60 would also cut property taxes that fund school districts by half by 2020, requiring the state’s general fund to make up the difference. The result means the state would have to pick up the $1.5 billion tab, accounting for 92 percent of the state’s general fund. That would leave just $32 million to cover the rest of the state’s expenses.

Proposition 101 would save Colorado citizens money when registering vehicles by creating a flat $10 fee for all vehicles. Individuals would likely enjoy the initial savings, but would certainly feel the effects later as the state has to cut spending on public services such as schools, prisons, courts, health and human services – all of which receive funding from vehicle registration fees.

While many of us would like to send a message to government to keep out-of-control spending in check, these ballot initiatives are not the way to do it. We recommend voting “no” on Amendment 60, Amendment 61 and Proposition 101.

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