Free Press Letter: Vote ‘no’ on Amendment 68 |

Free Press Letter: Vote ‘no’ on Amendment 68

Proponents of Amendment 68 would like you to believe that, by adding another gambling venue in Colorado, there will be such a tremendous increase in new gambling that taxpayers will recognize over $100 million in additional tax revenue, all to be directed to our schools. Of course they do not mention the much larger profits and revenue that will go to a private corporation.

Personally I believe the entire premise is a myth, and I do not believe there will be much of an increase in gambling, only a redirection of where the gambling money is spent. Instead of the money being spent in our three Colorado towns (which, by the way, Coloradan voters approved years ago) the revenue will simply be coming from four sources, not three, and just as probably be about the same as it is now.

The other myth is the proponents infer that there possibly will be additional venues in the future. The owners of the race track might build two more race tracks (one presumably in Mesa County); and, pending success, after five years of operation they will probably put in additional gambling casinos at those sites. For those starry eyed gamblers here who want to avoid the three-hour drive to the Front Range, this would probably happen seven to 10 years down the road.

Though it’s just my personal opinion, we are fine as we are now. This change to the law, contrary to what they want you to believe, is simply pie-in-the-sky mathematics to benefit a single private enterprise. I will vote “no.”

L.W. Hunley

Grand Junction, Colo.

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