Coloradans Reject Prop 103

By: KKTV Email
By: KKTV Email

Colorado voters have overwhelmingly rejected a plan to raise state income and sales taxes for five years to revive schools decimated by years of budget cuts.

The measure would have sent an estimated $2.9 billion to K-12 schools and public colleges and universities. It was the nation's only statewide tax measure on ballots this year, and Colorado's vote indicates voters may not be willing to consider higher taxes, despite deep budget cuts to high-priority services like schools.

With 49 percent of the projected vote counted, Proposition 103 trailed 65 percent to 35 percent.

The measure would have raised individual and corporate tax rates from 4.63 percent to 5 percent. Colorado's sales and use tax rate would have gone from 2.9 percent to 3 percent. The rates would have been in effect from 2012 through 2016.

Earlier this year, Colorado lawmakers cut K-12 schools' funding by more than $200 million, to $2.8 billion.

Get KKTV 11 News' complete election results for 14 Southern Colorado counties.

Election results will be counted Tuesday evening, but we'll ask you informally: How did you vote on Prop 103?

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  • by NObama_homer on Nov 2, 2011 at 03:31 PM
    I like Mayor Ryans take, I don't have kids either and why should I pay for your six or seven kids? it's not fair, and a better system can be put together where parents are more responsible in them keeping/caring/educating fewer offspring.. better quality of life for everyone, generations to come.
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      by Anonymous on Nov 2, 2011 at 07:08 PM in reply to NObama_homer
      I don't want to pay for your social security either. Tell me, who do you know with six or seven kids in public school? Most people I know with that many kids homeschool. I voted no for Prop 103 but it's attitudes like yours that make me want to vote yes for these things in the future, just to make you angry. If you don't like paying taxes "for other peoples offspring" MOVE.
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        by A on Nov 3, 2011 at 11:28 AM in reply to
        To Anonymous: Why do you want to pay taxes "for other peoples offspring"? And yes, I don't think we should pay social security either. They are running out of money anyway no matter how much you pay them.
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          by Anonymous on Nov 3, 2011 at 04:22 PM in reply to A
          Correct me if I'm wrong but I believe you were given a "tax payers" education. Maybe we need get back the money used to educate you. I expect you or your family to not draw on your social security when it's time.
  • by Mayor Ryan on Nov 2, 2011 at 02:51 PM
    @KK: I'll move to another county that has opted out of getting in the school business. Parents choose their own school and teacher. School admin buildings lease out space to teachers and teachers charge their own amount. $3k/child is less than counties pay yet a class of 20 can provide a teacher with $60k - $15k in admin fees. It's much better than government indoctrination. If I have my property rights in another country, it sounds good to me. You cannot debate facts. Costs have exponentially increased but knowledge has flatlined. Sorry to debunk you..
  • by AJ Location: COS on Nov 2, 2011 at 12:42 PM
    Not everyone has to be educated. We still need people who will believe that they are dying for our freedom.
  • by Ed on Nov 2, 2011 at 12:39 PM
    We need to spend lots of money on bombs and books so we can still lag behind other countries!
  • by Betty Location: Colorado Springs on Nov 2, 2011 at 11:24 AM
    Another sad day for public education, anyone posting comments on here that is not in public education really has no clue the situation in our schools. It definitely is a job that you have to experience every day to even begin to understand why public education needs funding.
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      by Anonymous on Nov 2, 2011 at 12:36 PM in reply to Betty
      Maybe schools shouldn't waste money on worthless Stephen Covey propaganda and use it for ACTUAL SUPPLIES?
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      by Mayor Ryan on Nov 2, 2011 at 02:40 PM in reply to Betty
      Wrong. I have no kids and I don't want to pay for people having five. All education should be private and parents can pay $3k/yr for each child they have in the free market. This is also why college tuition skyrockets. Get back to a free market and personal accountability and don't expect others to pay for you.
  • by A Location: CS on Nov 2, 2011 at 10:18 AM
    Can anyone answer to these questions: Why do we have to pay taxes to help public schools? What if I don’t have kids? What if I choose to home school my kids? What if I choose a private school for my kids? Why do public schools have to beg me for money (in taxes)? Why do public schools have to still my money (in taxes)?
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      by Betty on Nov 2, 2011 at 11:22 AM in reply to A
      Question 1: Public schools are funded through taxes. That is how the system is set up. Mainly property taxes. 2. If you don't have kids one would hope that you would want to support the future of the world. For example, do you go out to eat, get your hair cut, buy groceries, live in a free country, see a doctor, etc. all of these occupations and many more are all products of public school. 3 and 4: All your own choice. 5. Public schools "beg" for money as you put it because buildings are over crowded, teachers are underpaid and overworked, this comes from 17 years as a public school educator without a pay raise for the past 3 years due to our district giving money back to the state to fund other needs such as the roads you drive on. 6. doesn't really need an answer since public schools don't still your money, the correct spelling would be STEAL, which doesn't happen either.
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        by A on Nov 3, 2011 at 08:12 AM in reply to Betty
        1. Public schools should not be founded through taxes. The system is set up wrong and it doesn't work. 2. I do go out to eat, get my hair cut, see a doctor, but you can learn these things if you go to private school, home school, private college. 3 and 4. Not my choices - I have to pay taxes for schools if I own properties (which i do despite my bad spelling). 5. Teachers are underpaid and most kids that graduate public schools cannot divide 2 fractions so the system does not work. For roads I have a choice. If I don't have a car I don't pay taxes. 6. Public schools steal my money - part of house/land tax goes to schools and I have no choice on that.
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        by Mrs. A on Nov 3, 2011 at 06:45 PM in reply to Betty
        I think my husband (A) spells pretty well given that English is not even his first language. Also, he has a degree in math (probably he is better at math than spelling). I, his wife, was homeschooled (in the US). We are both educated and successful (have jobs and own property), and don't have kids. If we ever do have kids, I would homeschool. I do care about the future of the country and personally I think the country would be better off if everybody was homeschooled. There are some great books (written by former public school teachers) that also support this view, for example The Underground History of American Education by John Taylor Gatto ( However, the public/homeschool debate aside, I still think that the city and the school system should manage their money better. Maybe teachers haven't gotten a raise in 17 years, but I'm pretty sure schools have gotten more money in 17 years, so even if there was a tax hike now, most teachers probably still wouldn't get a raise.
  • by unknown on Nov 2, 2011 at 09:31 AM
    hey hicky looper THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN... do u get it, NO MORE TAXES...and your term is getting shorter by the day.
  • by Bradman on Nov 2, 2011 at 07:48 AM
    Maybe we need to start looking at the children. I see a lack of motivation causing a lack of education. Stop with the individuality push. Make them wear uniforms and conform to some kind of norm. When we were kids we didn't know what the norm was unless we where taught it. Not learned from MTV.
  • by Billy Location: COS on Nov 2, 2011 at 07:28 AM
    Gov. Hickenlooper should stop some of the liberal/progressive policies to fund illegal aliens, and shift some of that money to the schools and roads. Even now, there is a lot of money being paid to the schools. But, the schools need to use it more wisely. We also need to disband the teachers unions. They cost us, and the school districts in many ways. They protect teachers that should be fired, they cost the school districts because of the inflated benefit packages they demand for their members, and they have no concern for the benefit of the students, only for the money they rake in, and political power they build with that money. There may have been a time for teachers unions, but there are plenty of labor laws in place to protect the teachers now, and unions are just money hungry political thugs that need to be dealt with.
  • by Darcie Location: Golden on Nov 2, 2011 at 06:50 AM
    Not so many years ago, there was a ballot that was supposed to directly benefit schools. What Jefferson County did with the money was artistically decorate the lobby of their RENTED building with a massive fountain with running water and other huge decorating and remodeling projects....beautiful building now, but are you KIDDING, really? They claimed they'd cut music and art programs that year unless we coughed up, then massively redecorated an un-owned building? While I'm genuinely sorry teachers are cut from my kid's schools, I'm sick of wanton and wasteful spending of taxpayer's money. Those administrative people should live in cubicles like the rest of us and give the money to our kids to learn! The people who say we have some of the worst math and science scores in the world but spend way more money than other countries? I'm afraid they're right, that it's not just about the money.
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