Letter to the editor: TABOR under attack

Posted 8/14/19

We are about to receive a double attack regarding the Tax Payor’s Bill of Rights (TABOR). Not only is Jefferson County attempting to put a hold on TABOR, so is the State of Colorado with …

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Letter to the editor: TABOR under attack

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We are about to receive a double attack regarding the Tax Payor’s Bill of Rights (TABOR). Not only is Jefferson County attempting to put a hold on TABOR, so is the State of Colorado with Proposition CC. Jefferson County may increase spending 3.9% under current TABOR spending limits. Now they want to increase that spending by 5.3%. Did you receive that large a raise this year?

The Sheriff’s department has told us that they have been threatened with a 10% cut. Why 10% for something as important as the County Sheriff’s office (including the jail system), yet there is a supposed 5.3% shortfall? Is this logical? Raising taxes will raise already high rents. Is this not a big enough problem?

We are perhaps the only state in the Union where we have some control over our tax system. Are you willing to give this up? An effort by the state is being made to pass Proposition CC, which will have the potential to permanently eliminate TABOR at the state level. An attempt is being made to avoid even mentioning any reference to TABOR in the blue book which we receive prior to all state ballots (a grey book for local issues). I don’t want to give up the little control I have over my state taxes, nor do I wish to be deceived. How do you feel about it?

William F Hineser,
Arvada

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