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Frank Roitsch: Vote ‘no’ on 1A

Steamboat Springs — Vote “no” on Referendum 1A. It's a simple, continuing and escalating tax hike. It's an immediate 33 percent property tax increase that is then tied to the increase in valuation of your property, which is often 30 percent in a year. TABOR (Taxpayers Bill of Rights) presently limits the increase in total property taxes collected to 5.5 percent annually. — Vote “no” on Referendum 1A. It's a simple, continuing and escalating tax hike. It's an immediate 33 percent property tax increase that is then tied to the increase in valuation of your property, which is often 30 percent in a year. TABOR (Taxpayers Bill of Rights) presently limits the increase in total property taxes collected to 5.5 percent annually.

— Vote “no” on Referendum 1A. It’s a simple, continuing and escalating tax hike. It’s an immediate 33 percent property tax increase that is then tied to the increase in valuation of your property, which is often 30 percent in a year. TABOR (Taxpayers Bill of Rights) presently limits the increase in total property taxes collected to 5.5 percent annually.

Also, the County Commissioners would be able to spend this increase any way they want without voter approval as long as they spend $2.6 million annually on road improvements.

By voting “no,” the commissioners have the ability to resubmit a ballot referendum in 2008 that has a sunset provision that will improve the roads during say a six-year period, then return to the 5.5 percent TABOR cap. After the six years, the commissioners could submit another ballot initiative with specific projects with costs and implementation times for your potential approval. Denver Mayor Hickenlooper has projects A thru I on the Denver ballot for voter input.

Do not give up your Taxpayers Bill of Rights forever. Vote “no” on 1A.

Frank Roitsch

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