Letter to the Editor: Triple tax threat

Posted 9/25/18

Jeffco Schools $567 million bond will cost $1 billion to retire.

With the $33 million mill levy in addition, taxes will be a deadly drag on our local economy. Prioritization of needs is vague or …

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Letter to the Editor: Triple tax threat

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Jeffco Schools $567 million bond will cost $1 billion to retire.

With the $33 million mill levy in addition, taxes will be a deadly drag on our local economy. Prioritization of needs is vague or missing, which will result in a wasteful boondoggle, without educational benefit. Little effort is needed to make a rational decision when there’s only one choice. That choice is “No” on 5A and 5B.

It must be noted that Amendment 73 also hangs over the heads of taxpayers. Already on the ballot, and supported by the Teachers’ Union, which has strong connections to districts and BOCES (Boards of Cooperative Educational Services), it would increase income taxes of many workers, and likely half of small businesses. It would starve local government, and provide inefficient funds to education. Some of the new funds are routed through the state, with strings attached.

Despite intense pressure to endorse from Colorado Association of School Executives (CASE), Colorado Association of School Boards (CASB), and the Colorado BOCES Association, not all of Colorado’s districts and BOCES think this amendment is the right answer: Education reEnvisioned BOCES has resolved that, because Amendment 23 already provides for state funding of public education, they oppose Amendment 73. No on Amendment 73!

Tom Graham,
Arvada

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