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In support of Amendment 60

Dear Editor:

Amendment 60 lets property owners vote on property taxes. The spirit of TABOR is the right to vote on taxes. Despite your recent article’s rumor, it takes away no one’s right to vote, tenant or otherwise.

To be eligible to vote on property taxes (only), that person must be an “elector,” which the Election Code defines as “a person who is legally qualified to vote in this state.” That means he must be a state citizen (not Texan or French), over 18, not an imprisoned felon, not a corporation, or any other wild claim made by opponents. That elector must own real property in the jurisdiction trying to raise his property taxes. The elector cannot vote on anything other than property tax issues – no council or mayor races, no sales tax elections, etc.

“No taxation without representation” was the cry from the American Revolution. We simply apply that to property taxation. Today, such electors may vote in special district property tax elections. Amendment 60 just makes the law consistent in all local governments – school, county and city.

If tenants who don’t directly pay taxes can vote, it’s only fair that those who do pay the taxes should also be able to vote. They are less likely to have children in local schools, and they don’t use services year-round. A vacant lot has no service demands. Vote for equal and consistent tax reform. Vote YES on Amendment 60.

Debbie Schum

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