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TABOR truly IS a good law. As long as there remains a single city councilperson that believes giving away $26 million tax dollars (or $13 million, or $50 million, for that matter) to an exceedingly, tremendously wealthy organization like the US Olympic committee, the city council has zero, zilch, nada, business getting any access to additional tax money. As long as city council continues to pass "enterprise" fees for things like God-given rain in the guise of "stormwater fees" they deserve access to more tax money. As long as the mayor and his cronies give greater access to businessmen and less to concerned citizen, they deserve no more tax dollars. TABOR is a necessary way to prevent elected thieves, hucksters, and liars from spending money they should not be spending. That "ratchet effect" you speak of is nothing more than chicken little crying "the sky is falling, the sky is falling"! In recent years there have been numerous ballot measures approved enabling the city to collect more tax dollars when a very specific need has been shown. 2001-PSST, 1999-SCIP, 2004-PPRTA, among others. Recall the lack of money for the Uncle Wilbur fountain? Or the America the Beautiful Park fountain? The city scared individual donors to cough up the money to keep those places wet. If TABOR forces the city council to lay bare its priorities, other people will redefine priorities for them. Did you know that Colorado Springs Utilities paid out over $9 million in bonuses to employees this month (per MSNBC)? In a budget "crisis" year? And our rates are going up?

Posted by GeorgeHayduke on 04/27/2009 at 12:33 PM

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