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Letter to the editor: Getting what we pay for

Posted 11/13/19

The defeats of state Proposition CC and Jefferson County 1-A are a continuation of Colorado taxpaying voters refusing to pay for revenue increases needed for important services.

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opinion

Letter to the editor: Getting what we pay for

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The defeats of state Proposition CC and Jefferson County 1-A are a continuation of Colorado taxpaying voters refusing to pay for revenue increases needed for important services.
When we got our first residential property tax bill in 1998 it was a little over half of what we had been paying in Virginia. We were pleased until we learned that “you get what you pay for.” Colorado property taxes are the fourth lowest in the US, while Colorado is the fifth richest state in per-capita income. Colorado ranks 35thin state and local income tax rates. Only 10 states have lower gas taxes, mainly in the south where there are no mountains and little snow, yet Colorado’s transportation infrastructure is in great need of repair and expansion. State support for higher education has been reduced, to the point here tuition costs have made a college education out of reach for many families whose other expenses have risen while their take-home pay has stagnated. Colorado ranks 35th on overall education indicators and ranks 32nd on K-12 teachers pay.
Conservative politicians have gotten elected by promising lower taxes and budget cutting. Their claim is “Good government is less government.” In fact, what people want is efficient, honest government that provides necessary services. Colorado voters should understand “You get what you pay for” and be willing to pay for needed government services that are sadly lacking. The TABOR refund is less than $80 per family, but that money could go to make up many budget shortfalls.
Dick Sugg,
Arvada

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