Wednesday, September 30, 2015

"Vote yes" ad coming to a TV near you

Posted By on Wed, Sep 30, 2015 at 10:42 AM

Springs Citizens Building the Future, a campaign committee backing the city's road tax, has put together a TV ad that will begin airing soon.

It notes the election earlier this year of Mayor John Suthers and "a new City Council," which isn't entirely accurate.

Voters elected four to the nine-member panel, only two of whom were "new," those being Tom Strand and Bill Murray, both elected at large. Larry Bagley, who had been appointed in December to fill the unexpired term of Joel Miller, who resigned to run for mayor in November, was elected to represent the northern District 2 and Merv Bennett, was re-elected at large.

In any event, the ad says, voters' message was clear: "End the bickering. Fix our roads."

In another segment, the ad is a bit deceiving when it says the .62 of a percent sales tax "goes away in five years."

While it's true the tax is finite and lasts only five years, Suthers and others have said they hope to ask voters to renew the tax, because five years worth of revenue — estimated at $250 million — isn't enough to rebuild the city's decaying road network.

Watch the video here:

The campaign committee issued this statement about the tax:
Colorado Springs roads are a disaster. 2C is the opposite of pie-in-the-sky plan. The new sales tax is small – $10 a month for most. Nearly 40% of the revenue will come from tourists and out of town business travelers. There’s no debt and no new government hires. And in 5-years, the tax totally disappears. That’s the plan – pure and simple. And the TV ad we are releasing lays it out in very simple, clear terms.

Two other efforts are under way to oppose the tax. and IACE Action Colorado Springs.

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