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Where we stand on the referendums 

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Referendum A -- Property tax reduction for seniors

We would support a measure that targeted tax relief to needy seniors. But this measure, if enacted, would reduce property taxes paid by all homeowners 65 years and older who have lived in their homes for at least a decade. While many seniors are truly in need of tax relief, seniors overall make up a segment of society that is generally doing well. Since Colorado already allows the elderly to defer property-tax payments, seniors are not in danger of being evicted from their own homes. We concur with the League of Woman voters that this measure just is not needed.

Referendum B -- Reforming the reapportionment timetable

Yes

Every decade the boundaries of state legislative districts are redrawn after the latest federal census figures are completed. This measure would give the Reapportionment Commission more time to work on this important technical process.

Referendum C -- Selection of county surveyors

Yes

Can you name the currently elected El Paso County Surveyor? This measure would allow counties to either elect or appoint their surveyors, whose job is mainly technical in nature. By the way, his name is Lawrence Burnett.

Referendum D -- Eliminating outdated Constitutional Provisions

Yes

This is an idea whose time is long due. The measure cleans up our constitution by eliminating references to one-time events that have already occurred and references to public offices that no longer exists. It also gets rid of outdated provisions.

Referendum E -- Multi-State Lotteries No

This measure would enable Colorado to participate in multi-state lotteries, such as the Powerball game. We already have plenty of legalized gambling in Colorado, including state-run lotteries and sanctioned bingo, scratch-games, dog racing and three gambling towns.

Referendum F -- Additional Funding for Math and Science Grants

No

As much as we support better math and science programs, we also believe that additional funds are needed for instruction in the humanities as well as extra-curriculum activities, from sports to arts programs, that make school exciting to many kids. If as we hope, Amendment 23 and local funding measures are enacted (see above), this measure is just not needed.

County Question 1A -- Rebuild Bear Creek Nature Center

Yes

Last year, arsonists burned down the popular Bear Creak Nature Center. We need to rebuild it.

City of Colorado Springs 2A, 2B & 2C -- Cable Competition

Undecided

The Indy will weigh in on this measure in next week's issue.

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