Will you vote for Routt County Referendum 1A, which requests a tax increase for road improvements and future county needs?

Yes 108 votes

27.34%

No 287 votes

72.66%

395 total votes

Comments

notmybus 7 years, 2 months ago

If we keep voting against taxes for transportation how can road improvements be funded. Maybe toll roads so the people that use the roads are the one that pay for them and if we don't use the road then we would not be paying for it?

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buck 7 years, 2 months ago

I'd be all for this if it had a sunset clause. However, this is just a poorly disquised way to get out of the Tabor amendment. Could this be why the assessor has been undervaluing properties for the past few years? In 2006, the assessor valued my home at 23% less than I paid for it in 1997. Hard to believe this was accurate, but I'm not going to protest to increase my taxes. My guess is that this was done across the county, in preparation for be opted out of Tabor.

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popcan 7 years, 2 months ago

I pay enough property taxes. Tax revenue has always fixed the roads in the past. The asking for more money never stops. Maybe more people ought to pay their fare share.

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untamedShrewd 7 years, 2 months ago

Try allocating some of that 34 million proposed for the rec center for infrastructure. We have the money without having to increase the taxes.

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annonymous 7 years, 1 month ago

The Rec Center is a City ballot issue and has nothing to do with the County's responsibility to maintain county roads. Perhaps the County should use the surplus building permit fees recently transferred to their general fund to fix their roads.

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another_local 7 years, 1 month ago

I think Buck is right. This ballot issue is about removing Tabor and generating more future taxes. There is plenty of funding for road work. This tax will free up existing funding sources for other uses that are not on the ballot and will make certain our taxes go up and up without accountability.

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newtostmbt 7 years, 1 month ago

Put in a sunset clause and our vote would be yes.

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natv63 7 years, 1 month ago

This is no different than when the commissioners said your roads will suffer if you do not pass the tax increase for the justice center. They have 28 million in the bank now. There is plenty of funding for road work. They are taking over subdivisions in the Stagecoach area that they claim have been brought up to county specs by the developer. I beg any one of you to go up and drive South shore, Morning side or especially Horseback (it's at the top of Cole hill) off county road #16 and see if you think they are up to county specs. The Road and Bridge has had to gravel all of Morning side and South Shore just so they can plow them. Who's paying for this. The developer isn't. It would be hard for me to vote for this with a sunset law but to ask us to pass this without is insane. I assure you though if it doesn't pass they will have their convenient way out.

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housepoor 7 years, 1 month ago

If they are looking to De Bruce then they should have said that not using roads as an end around. Now they won't fix the roads and say the voter don't want better roads.......kind of like what they did with Justice Center being downtown....who is advising them on these ballot issues? They could take a few cues from city council.

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JQPUBLIC 7 years, 1 month ago

SHORT VERSION...This is how government works... they allot money for their special interest projects while they convince the taxpayer they haven't enough money to continue current services. The taxpayer will then either live with less service or give them more money. THE TAXPAYER is always told their services are in jeopardy (roads, school programs, emergency services, etc.) and the government will NEVER put their discretionary spending or special interest projects on the block. Maybe they should let the public vote on which projects should get less funding, I bet it wouldn't be the roads.

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sickofitall 7 years, 1 month ago

Im fine with a bumpy road. It keeps speeders from speeding. Also, did anyone see the snow plows out during the last storm? The snow was melting on the asphault but gee wiz, they were out there driving around!

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