Skip to comments.Fix Our Damn Roads measure on the November ballot ( Colorado )
Posted on 08/23/2018 7:59:13 AM PDT by george76
For too long the state has held our roads and bridges hostage while increasing spending on other priorities like Medicaid expansion, hoping we taxpayers get so frustrated by traffic well agree to a tax increase.
Well, this fall voters will have a choice. As the Denver Chamber of Commerce pimps a 21% state sales tax increase for transit, roads and a slush fund for cities, there will be an alternative as our Fix Our Damn Roads initiative will also be on the ballot. It will force the state to use its large surplus funds and re-prioritize less than 2 percent of the state budget to roads. FODR funds specific projects listed in the actual ballot language.
The choice couldnt be more clear. New roads without a tax increase, or mystery projects with a massive tax increase
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You’re not supposed to drive while smoking marijuana................
I’ve noticed that wherever Democrats rule, the roads are usually in very poor condition.
Roads and traffic around those front range cities suck. Always a sure sign of government corruption.
Left in 2000...the state will be like California in ten years....
They all move to Colorado in the 1980s and 1990s
LOL! Just saw that movies a couple of weeks ago! Still Smokin!..................them not me..............
More important to fund going after Christian bakers. My town is a sanctuary city - count the potholes!
Caldera is too logical for most of CO.
Good post. By avoiding personal attacks and bringing issue oriented actions like this, conservatives can make inroads in even leftist states.
No damn tax increase. I want to know how much CO collects in gas taxes, and how much CO spends on roads and bridges. I am sick of catering to bike fags.
The lefties dont want roads in their new haven. They destroyed Cali roads and moved to ski country
It wont take that long. Already well on its way
“Youre not supposed to drive while smoking marijuana................”
Good grief. You self rightious Snarks don’t ever stop do you?
I think this is a great idea. Unfortunately that’s not the way our government works. Ask yourselves why our local politicians claim if elected to the county or state house they will see that local problems are fixed, then when elected nothing changes. Here is the answer at least in Washington state:
Cities and towns are municipal corporations and as such have limited taxing authority. Taxes on water and sewer must go to the upkeep of water and sewer systems. Roads are not taxed and are subject to available funding through the General Fund, where the money mostly comes from property taxes, other utility taxes (phone, cable, etc) and other fees, along with police, fire, parks and rec, and what ever whim the citizens or councils decides to provide for the city. Sales tax is remitted back to the state and less than 1% is returned to the city where it was generated. The same goes for the fuel taxes at the pump with only a fraction going back to the city. So someone running for the city council is responsible for those expenditures. Major Arterial roads down to minor collector roads are eligible for federal funding. Residential streets are not. The developer built them and dedicated them to the city , but the city has no real way of paying for costly reconstruction or major repairs.
Counties are subdivisions of the state and as such can levy property taxes and road taxes. They also get their small cut of sales taxes and fuel taxes. All of the taxes combined go to fund all of the county services MANDATED BY THE STATE, THAT THE STATE DOESN’T WANT TO PAY FULL SHARE OF! But the counties have more road miles than does the city so their pot of money is stretched thinner to go farther. So now the local city council persons says I going to run for County commissioner and help out our cities. They get elected and find out that the budget expenditures are mostly dictated by the State, so nothing comes back to the cities.
So our County commissioner decides to run for the state house or senate and finds out the state spends all of their money on federal mandates which requires them to create more state bureaucracy and hire more employees to oversee and dictate to the counties and cities what is allowed. The Highway department get the bulk of all fuel taxes and any federal dollars to used on freeways and state highways that combined are about 1/3rd of all of the road miles in the entire state. so our newly elected State Rep or senator finds out that there is nothing they can really do to help out their local city where they call home.
My point is that each level of government only looks out for themselves and what is needed to keep those programs funded.
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