Silt mayor unsure on tax-cutting initiatives
SILT, Colorado – A trio of state ballot initiatives aimed at bringing tax relief for state and local taxpayers may be too extreme even for Tea Party-minded Silt Mayor Dave Moore.
“I still have some questions that need to be answered, but I’d have to say I’m leaning against them right now based on what I’ve heard,” Moore said of the tax-cutting, government debt-limiting measures that appear on the Nov. 2 ballot in Colorado.
“I am concerned about how they would affect the town, and that it would keep us from borrowing money,” he said.
Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101, combined, would implement significant cuts in local property and state income taxes, and make it harder for local and state governments, as well as public schools and special districts, to borrow money for facilities and services.
Several local governments and school districts around the state have taken a stand against the measures, saying they would be devastating to public services and undermine local voter control over how local resources are allocated.
Moore, who was re-elected last April along with a slate of like-minded Town Council candidates intent on cutting town government spending, said he, too, would like some more information in order to make an informed decision as an elected official.
“I think it would be a good idea to bring it before council for some discussion,” said Moore, who has asked that the town’s attorney give a presentation on the ballot initiatives at the next Town Council meeting in September.
Moore said the proponents of the initiatives would lead voters to believe that the measures will work to strengthen the economy. But at what cost to municipal services, he wonders.
“I need to hear the different pros and cons, so it’s not all lopsided,” he said. “I’d have to say I’m leaning against them right now, but I want to know more about why I’m leaning against it.”
The Silt Town Council next meets on Sept. 13. Garfield County commissioners are slated to discuss a possible resolution in opposition to the ballot initiatives on Sept. 7, and Glenwood Springs City Council has scheduled a discussion for Sept. 16.
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