Here's the actual ballot language, which makes no mention of anything that could be construed as a stadium or a different way to spend the money:
SHALL CITY TAXES BE INCREASED $50,000,000 ANNUALLY BY LEVYING A TEMPORARY 0.62% SALES/USE TAX FOR ROAD REPAIRS/IMPROVEMENTS TO TERMINATE 12/31/2020, CONSTITUTING A VOTER-APPROVED REVENUE CHANGE EXEMPT FROM SPENDING/REVENUE LIMITATIONS?
If approved, the City of Colorado Springs shall be authorized to temporarily increase its sales and use tax by 0.62% (6.2 pennies on a $10 purchase) for five years to fund only road repairs and improvements, and be permitted to retain all such revenues generated and to expend the same only for road repairs and improvements, exempt from spending and revenue limitations. If this question is approved, the existing sales and use tax rate of 2.5% established by the City Code will be increased by 0.62% dedicated to road repairs and improvements to make an effective City tax rate of 3.12% as of January 1, 2016. This tax will sunset (expire) exactly five (5) years from the date of its implementation and will not affect or apply to purchases of food for domestic home consumption, prescriptions, residential utility bills or other items exempt from City sales and use tax under the City Code. This temporary increase in sales and use tax revenue will be placed in a dedicated fund to be used only for funding the cost to repair roads and streets throughout all areas of the City, including cost of road reconstruction where severe deterioration does not allow repair. None of the additional sales and use tax revenue will be used to hire additional City employees or purchase additional equipment for City road projects. The repair work will be contracted out to the private sector
You're right. We're correcting the error. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.
It's actually two consecutive 90-day sentences, adding up to 180 total days in jail.
I'll be writing a tribute to Lee for the End Zone column in this week's Independent.
Sorry, Wayne. Being corrected now.
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