Garfield County to consider stand on anti-tax ballot issues
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Garfield County’s elected leaders may soon join the ranks of numerous other government officials around Colorado who have roundly condemned three tax-and-spend limiting questions on the Nov. 2 ballot.
The Board of County Commissioners Monday will consider whether to issue a statement against constitutional amendments 60 and 61, and Proposition 101.
The three initiatives, if approved by state voters, would implement a number of deep tax cuts, eliminating some taxes altogether, and make it harder for governments to borrow money and go into debt to pay for public services.
The propositions have met with stiff resistance from government officials around the state, as well as citizens groups worried that the work of government would grind to a halt if the three questions are approved.
Although the actual authors of the initiatives have not come forward, a group going by the name Colorado Citizens for Colorado has a website, http://www.cotaxreform.com, which makes a case for passage of the initiatives.
Critics have said the initiatives are designed to undo everything the state Legislature, courts and voters have done to undermine the similar tax-limiting Taxpayers Bill of Rights, a 1992 voter-approved initiative put forward by Colorado Springs anti-tax crusader Douglas Bruce. Bruce also is believed to be behind the current set of ballot initiatives.
A draft resolution will be placed before the commissioners at their Sept. 13 meeting, which opens by declaring that “state voters will have the opportunity at the Nov. 2 statewide general election to protect the fiscal health of local government,” concluding simply that “The Garfield County Board of Commissioners opposed Proposition 101, Amendment 60 and Amendment 61 and urges our citizens to vote against all three ballot measures,” with no elaboration.
The agenda item concerning the draft resolution is scheduled for the late morning segment of the commissioners meeting, which begins at 10:15 a.m.
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