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Ballot measures are a scam

Dear Editor:

Bronwyn Anglin is incorrect about state amendments 60, 61 and Prop 101. She says that schools will lose no funds. But if Prop 101 passes, the per pupil share of the vehicle ownership tax in Eagle County goes from $479 to $5.02. The analysis is here: http://bellpolicy.org/sites/default/files/Eagle1page_0.pdf.

Anglin says the state will cover the gap in school funding created by Amendment 60. But 60 would cut state revenue by 25 percent, meaning the state is being asked to backfill lost school funding with nonexistent revenue.

These ballot measures are a scam. They’re craftily and confusingly written, and they sound great: Let’s pay less in taxes! But not all taxes are bad – my wife and two kids like safe roads, our police and firefighters, our schools and food inspectors. No parent in their right mind would cut the legs out of their kid’s education by supporting these initiatives. That’s why neither Hickenlooper nor McGinnis support them, and Maes opposes two of three. Vote no on 60, 61 and 101.

Auden Schendler

Basalt