Higher Taxes Key Issue In State Election


Higher taxes is a key issue on the ballot for Colorado residents this year.

The nation's only statewide tax vote on the November ballot asks Colorado voters whether they want to temporarily raise taxes to generate $3 billion for classrooms and colleges. It's a proposal that has stirred fierce opposition because of the stagnant economy.

Proposition 103 would raise individual and corporate tax rates from 4.63 percent to 5 percent and Colorado's sales and use tax rate from 2.9 percent to 3 percent.

The vote could serve as a test of voters' mood on tax increases and their frustration after endless rounds of education cuts.

Opponents insist tax hikes will cost jobs and won't by themselves help schools. Some Democratic leaders have declined to publicly endorse the proposal, saying they see little appetite for a tax hike.

Those who support the idea argue that the extra revenue will help offset deep cuts to school funding.

All ballots have to be in by 7 p.m. Tuesday in order to be counted. You can take them to any of the four clerk and recorder locations.

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  • by Starmannate Location: Skyway on Nov 2, 2011 at 07:01 AM
    I have been to local auctions where Harrison High is selling surplus light bulbs and brand new textbooks. When I asked the auctioneer, I was told that this was a common practice and that they needed to sell perfectly new items so as not to have a surplus in any fiscal year budget.
  • by do it for the kids on Nov 1, 2011 at 09:28 AM
    And another thing.....I no longer support fundraisers for "the kids" that are tied to the military and feature a big American flag to instill patriotism as a sales incentive. Can kids be at least 12 years old before being "enlisted?" Oh and as a parent if you really want to help your kids you could teach them how to create a sales sign that is readable from ten feet away. Really, if you are so concerned about education, educate them!
  • by Anonymous Location: C.S. on Nov 1, 2011 at 06:54 AM
    People have short memories and are banking on you not remember Ref C. Chuck your "for the kids" comment was point on!
  • by Chuck Location: Monument on Nov 1, 2011 at 06:04 AM
    The new liberal battle cry "its for the kids" I for one am sick of hearing this. We dump more and more money into schools and education and the only thing we get is stupid kids who can barely read, are more educated in being gay and tolerant vs American history and our tax dollars being wasted on the teachers union. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
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      by Bandolero on Nov 1, 2011 at 07:06 AM in reply to Chuck
      you got it...school districts is the next wall street (fannie/freddie)...poor people need homes too. in this case "its for the kids" or "to benefit our children"...more like to benefit their raises.
  • by BG on Oct 31, 2011 at 09:34 AM
    Government can only cut so much and we're at the limit of sacrifice. Time to give back. At this point it's the only way to ensure the kids get what they diserve!! The Gov isn't going to suddenly poor money in schools so no new taxes equals no new books, computers, poorly run bus and lunch programs and poor rest scores. You get what YOU pay for.
  • by Ed Location: Springs on Oct 30, 2011 at 08:59 PM
    While reading through the posts attached to this article, I could not help but wonder whether or not anyone thinks anymore. Rather than making a blanket generalization I decided to look up some facts. Colorado is number 40 in this nation in funding http://www.greateducation.org/statistics-faqs/statistics/. Also, another article by the Washington Post pointed to major gains in achievement in Maryland from additional funding. It is amazing that very few people research to see if their viewpoint really does hold true. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/07/AR2009010702347.html
  • by michael Location: colorado springs on Oct 30, 2011 at 08:50 PM
    This tax hike will cost jobs for sure. Businesses are already slow with the poor mismanaged economy of Colorado. I honestly feel we need to have our officials sit down with Rick Perry in Texas and see how things are supposed to go. First off they need to start conducting drug tests for welfare and food stamp recipients, we need to start verifying citizenship statuses of all applicants to receive assistance. Colorado needs to take a long hard look at where the money is going. Send illegal immigrants back to the country they came from.Not just Mexican immigrants but also the foreign students studying here on expired visas.
  • by schools ftw on Oct 30, 2011 at 08:27 PM
    there have been too many budget cuts for the schools. they aren't bad at budgeting, there just isn't enough money in the first place. thus the change in bus services and the change from five day to four day school week.
  • by C* on Oct 30, 2011 at 08:15 PM
    NO, NO, NO! There is no such thing as temporary taxes. They need to learn how to run things with the money they have! Stop the waste. This whole thing is ridiculous.
  • by kelly Location: colo spgs on Oct 30, 2011 at 07:37 PM
    I don't even have kids-by choice- so why would I want to pay even more for education? Over 85% of my property tax already goes to public schools and they still have cuts. Why should my sales tax or any other tax go up for something I don't even have? And I agree with several other posts on here.. temporary tax hike? Yeah right, when a "accounting error of 72 million was found last year" in the state budget who got the money higher ed? Nope it was public k-12 cause those are the ones that complain. Again, I don't have kids and should not have to pay nor should anyone approve this. Manage your money schools!
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      by Anonymous on Oct 31, 2011 at 08:31 AM in reply to kelly
      By choice huh.....?
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