Would road taxes go to roads?
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.