No, no, no to 60, 61 and 101 |

No, no, no to 60, 61 and 101

It is one thing to call for the government to cut down on excess spending, especially during this Great Recession. It’s quite another to do so at the expense of essential services such as libraries, schools, prisons, sanitation districts, fire districts and so on.

And that’s what would happen with the passage of Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101.

Both 60 and 61 would amend the Colorado Constitution, instituting new limitations on government borrowing and taxation.

Local school districts like Aspen’s would be hit hard by Amendment 60, which would cut property taxes in half over 10 years and make it up with state general fund money. But it’s absurd to think the state has the kind of money to shore up the difference, unless it came at the expense of other essential services.

The consequences are just as severe with the passage of 61, which would stop the state from borrowing money and would water down local governments’ ability to borrow, as well. That means the city of Aspen and Pitkin County could not assume any long-term debt, making it essentially impossible to make any type of improvements to the services we have come to expect.

Proposition 101 would roll back vehicle ownership taxes to a mere $2 per vehicle and reduce vehicle registration fees to $10 per vehicle. But these savings would come at a cost, including an estimated 25 percent blow to the Colorado Department of Transportation’s budget, and cuts to the aforementioned services.

For sure, Colorado taxpayers might realize instant savings if these amendments pass, but it would come at a devastating price.

Supporters of Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101 say opponents are simply employing scare tactics to persuade Colorado residents to vote against the proposals.

But it’s not a scare tactic to say Amendments 60 and 61, along with Proposition 101, would cripple the services we need and expect. Instead, it’s the scary truth.

On Nov. 2, vote NO against Amendments 60 and 61, and Proposition 101.

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