By John Hazlehurst Colorado Springs Business Journal
May 15th, 2010
Three of the voter initiatives that will appear on the November ballot sure sound attractive.
Among other things, they promise to lower state income taxes, eliminate vehicle-registration fees, require government-owned authorities to start paying property taxes and forbid the state from assuming debt of any kind.
People are fed up. High taxes and huge debt have even my most liberal friends convinced that something has to be done to control government spending.
So there could not be a better political climate for Taxpayer's Bill of Rights author Doug Bruce and his pals to come up with creative new ways to cripple state and local governments under the guise of controlling taxes and spending.
Steamboat Springs – Consider this: Revenue for Routt County school districts from specific ownership taxes would dwindle from $1.7 million in 2009 to $22,791 with full implementation of Proposition 101. If you're a registered Colorado voter and plan to cast a ballot in November, you will.
In addition to deciding on Proposition 101, voters will be asked to weigh in on Amendments 60 and 61.
ALAMOSA – A Denver think-tank called on the San Luis Valley county commissioners to start grass roots efforts to ask voters to vote against Proposition 101 and Amendments 60 and 61.
The Bell Policy Center is a non-profit group hired by "people opposing these issues." CEO Wade Buchannan and Communications Director Joe Watt presented their case at the SLV County Commissioner meeting Monday morning.