Letter to the editor: Help for the homeless

Posted 2/12/20

The NO votes against Proposition CC were about 15% of Colorado registered voters, but they won and kept TABOR money from paying for needed projects. Money was to go for public schools and higher …

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Letter to the editor: Help for the homeless

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The NO votes against Proposition CC were about 15% of Colorado registered voters, but they won and kept TABOR money from paying for needed projects. Money was to go for public schools and higher education, which has been reduced. Colorado real estate property taxes are the fourth lowest in the US, while Colorado is the fifth richest state in per-capita income. Colorado ranks 23rd on overall education indicators and well below the national average on K-12 teachers pay. Money is needed to repair the transportation infrastructure and increase capacity. Only 11 states have lower gas taxes and Colorado ranks 35th in state and local income tax rates.

The NO votes against Jeffco Proposition 1A were 24.3% of registered voters and they blocked money for more jail beds (Jeffco has had to release inmates early because of budget cuts) and for needed improvements to the transportation infrastructure. When the ban on tent camps in Denver is lifted, money will be needed to provide more shelters for the homeless. The winning minority and the apathetic majority of voters are starving the state, county and city of funds that are desperately needed to maintain quality of life in our state.

Dick Sugg,

Arvada

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