Letter to the editor: Yes to roads, no to new taxes

Posted 9/19/18

Yes to roads, no to new taxes This November, you have a choice. The best choice is Proposition 109, Fix Our Damn Roads. When voting “yes” on Fix Our Damn Roads, you are directing the state …

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Letter to the editor: Yes to roads, no to new taxes

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Yes to roads, no to new taxes

This November, you have a choice. The best choice is Proposition 109, Fix Our Damn Roads. When voting “yes” on Fix Our Damn Roads, you are directing the state Legislature to dedicate a small portion of the state budget to fix our roads and bridges. Many people ask me if Colorado has the money. The answer is absolutely! The Denver Post reports that the Colorado Legislative Council forecast expects this year’s general fund to grow 11.3 percent, or $982.7 million, vs. a year ago. Next year it will grow another 8.2 percent, or $1.29 billion over this year’s budget. Colorado does not have a revenue challenge, it has a spending problem.

The competing Proposition 110, Let’s Go Colorado, calls for a massive state sales tax increase. While proponents opine that this tax is only cents on the dollar, in reality it is a 21 percent state sales tax increase on everyday items such as toilet paper and disposable diapers and things we enjoy, such as a craft brew with our friends after work.

We’re tired of giving the Let’s Go Colorado politicians, bureaucrats and interested parties our tax money for veiled promises of where the money will be spent. It is time to responsibly fix our roads and bridges. We can do this without a huge tax increase. That’s why I’m voting yes on Proposition 109 and no on Proposition 110.

Kim Monson

Former city councilwoman, Lone Tree

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