Would road taxes go to roads?

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Re: Scott Wool­ley,

“Bill clears hur­dle in the house; Long, spir­ited de­bate on mea­sure to fix Colorado’s roads,” March 23 news story.

Yes, Colorado’s roads, high­ways and bridges need re­pairs and im­prove­ments. The im­prove­ments likely will re­quire an in­crease in taxes or fees. Lock­ing in a fixed-dol­lar amount of the bud­get to go with the tax in­crease is just a cur­tain hid­ing the loop­hole. At min­i­mum, an in­creased spend­ing per­cent­age of the pre­vi­ous state bud­get for road and high­way im­prove­ments needs to be tied to any tax in­crease.

Af­ter pre­vi­ous ded­i­cated taxes were ap­proved by Colorado vot­ers, leg­is­la­tors re­peat­edly redi­rected or found loop­holes and al­lo­cated tax dol­lars to be spent in other ar­eas.

Un­less you want to ap­prove a gen­eral tax in­crease, you should vote “no” on the pro­posed sales tax in­crease for road im­prove­ments. Send let­ters of 150 words or fewer to open­fo­rum@den­ver­post.com or 101 W. Col­fax Ave., Suite 800, Den­ver, CO, 80202. Please in­clude full name, city and phone num­ber. Con­tact in­for­ma­tion is for our pur­poses only; we will not share it with any­one else. You can reach us by tele­phone at 303-954-1331.

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