Concerned for Colorado 
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Re: “The campaign for Amendments 60 and 61 and Prop 101 sounds bad, but it may just work

If anyone here thinks they are sticking it to the "overspending government" by voting yes for these, you are sadly mistaken. Educate yourself. These have nothing to do with overspending by big government. It has everything to do with how YOUR local government agencies protect and serve you.

I am a firefighter and it is a reality that our department’s funds would be cut significantly if these were to pass. We are not a rural department but a city department located in a larger Denver Metro area city. Just like many fire departments, we not only respond to fires and vehicle accidents but also do all of the emergency medical care and transportation for all of the sick/injured people in our city. We could possibly lose up to 20% of our workforce. This means less fire stations open and less emergency personnel responding to your family’s emergency. Less stations and less personnel mean longer response times for both police and fire…and trust me, when it is your loved one in need, every minute feels like an eternity and every minute counts.

I will only touch briefly on the fact that schools, specifically K-12, would lose 8,000 teachers. School tax revenues would be cut in HALF. This means larger class sizes, possibly school closings and less time spent educating your children. If you don’t have children, it doesn’t matter. Weren’t you afforded the right to a good education when you were a child?

If you think private sectors would only feel the burden of 60, 61 and 101, you are also mistaken. 73,000 Coloradans will join unemployment lines. This includes more than 26,000 jobs in construction and transportation. 11,000 more in health care.

As for our roads and bridges, CDOT estimates it would lose ONE QUARTER of their annual budget, equaling $277 million. As any Coloradoans know, our roads are not great as is. Many are in dire need of repair on an already strapped budget. I for one am willing to pay taxes that insure my roads are drivable and that our snow is plowed in the winter.

Please just understand that every service you use (or hopefully don’t use but it is nice to know it is there in case you need it) comes from tax dollars. All of these services…..schools, police, fire, roads, highways and libraries cost money to operate. Please also understand that bonds (which you still vote for or against despite what proponents of these bills claim) fund construction of things like schools, fire stations, water projects, prisons, airports, health facilities, highways, transit and colleges.

If you would like to learn more, there is a great youtube video that explains a lot of the things I mentioned here and is very easy to understand. I encourage you to educate yourself before you make a decision that could drastically hurt Colorado.

Posted by Concerned for Colorado on 09/30/2010 at 7:47 PM

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