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Letter to the editor: Not Jeffco’s money

Posted 5/29/19

Please tell the Jefferson County Commissioners they can’t lose something they never had! Your May 23 article quotes the commissioners news release saying “the loss of this surplus funding has …

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Letter to the editor: Not Jeffco’s money

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Please tell the Jefferson County Commissioners they can’t lose something they never had! Your May 23 article quotes the commissioners news release saying “the loss of this surplus funding has a direct impact on the level and quality of services the county can provide.”
The Taxpayers Bill of Rights (TABOR) has been the law of the land since 1992 when voters approved the measure that requires state and local government to seek voter approval before raising taxes. The measure also limits growth in some state spending to population growth, plus inflation. If the state takes in more than it is allowed to spend, the state must return the surplus to taxpayers.
As long as the commissioners are going to shed tears about what they say is a lost $111 million between the years 2015-2015, they might as well lament all the money returned to taxpayers since inception of the law 27 years ago. It’s fraudulent for commissioners to pretend the money has been lost. Voters knew where the money was all along ... and they voted to limit the amount the government could spend. If Jeffco needs more money, they need only ask the voters. Time for commissioners to cut the budget!
Mark Salley,
Arvada

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