Voter Guide: Issue 1A

Teller County voters will vote on a plan.

That could affect hundreds of miles of roads.

Ballot issue 1- asks, "Shall teller county taxes be increased $2,168,411 for public road and bridge maintenance and operations, cluding construction, repair, maintenance, administration, and building of new facilities?"

1A would raise property taxes by an average of $72 per year, for every $100,000 in value on a home.

The money would be used for the maintenance and operation of the county's road and bridge department.

It would also fund the creation of a new facility. Supporters of 1-a say it would improve the quality of roads by providing funding for more employees, more equipment, and new gravel every year.

They also say the current department is outdated an in need of more than just basic repairs. Those against 1A say the plan is too ambitious and expensive. They accuse the county of *not* maintaining the roads...So that taxpayers would be forced to vote on the proposal.

They also say the roads were well maintained when there was only one supervisor and three managers. And they've become worse over the years, despite more managers and a 400-percent budget increase, over the past 10-years.

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