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Re: “2C in trouble, 300 on the edge

What Jan Martin, and many who claim that Colorado Springs voters always vote against tax measures fail to realize in their vast generalization, is that a large number of people vote for taxes that are SPECIFIC in their target (TOPS for instance) and in their time frame. If this is a temporary shortfall, Ms. Martin should have proposed a temporary tax, not one that will continue to grow and has no end in sight. Just look at all of the improvements that were supported by voters, which named specific projects (I recall one not too long ago that even went as far as detailing which storm drains were going to be repaired or added. I've literally never voted against a local tax with specific targets. However, the city seems to have enough funds to create the USOC boondoggle, then threatens to cut services if they don't get a never-ending bump in taxes and they fail to give an accounting of how it is to be spent. Sorry, I don't trust a council led by a Vice Mayor who says that the city is being held hostage by the voters. Did that guy EVER take a basic civics exam re the government operating by consent of the governed? I guess in his mind voters shouldn't have a say and just bow to an enlightened despot such as himself. I literally have voted for every local tax increase that was specifically targeted, but I won't vote for a blank check for people who don't understand the basics of representative democracy.

Posted by Dave on 10/22/2009 at 8:52 AM

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