Letter to the editor: What are we paying for?

Posted 11/19/19

Do we really understand what “we are paying for” with the taxes we pay? Our Governments, Employees and Representatives don't always appear to be transparent or clear in where taxes go. Laws and …

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Letter to the editor: What are we paying for?

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Do we really understand what “we are paying for” with the taxes we pay? Our governments, employees and representatives don't always appear to be transparent or clear in where taxes go. Laws and legislation seem written to confuse issues. Elected representatives have their own ideas besides ours, where monies are to be spent, besides lobbyist promoting how to use them. With government budgets being so large with extended amounts of details and information. Do citizens all really have the expertise, time or even care to check what figures are released?
Take the recently failed Prop CC or Jeffco's 1A with all their claims, partial truths and discussion we all had to decipher these for our votes on them. Ads about restrains or specific accounting do little good when other tax monies are withdrawn from these intentions as these funds are added in their budgets. Why do Colorado governments always seem to ask for periods of timeouts or stopping refunds from the “Tax Payers Bill of Rights,” instead of just calling for tax votes on the specific services or projects as this voter-passed law requires them to do?
It is difficult to understand all the work, jobs or expenditures done when you aren't personally involved. Also why do we need to be that mixed up in them? Trusting any organization private or public is complicated since so little faith in how we all vote is given. Do we really “know what we're paying for” as last week's letter writer insinuated?

Gary Scofield,
Arvada

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