Letter to the editor: Vote yes on 117

Posted 10/21/20

Vote yes on 117 Of all the ballot propositions we’re voting on, one in particular is designed to put taxation control in Colorado back into the hands of the people. And that’s Proposition 117. …

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Letter to the editor: Vote yes on 117

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Vote yes on 117

Of all the ballot propositions we’re voting on, one in particular is designed to put taxation control in Colorado back into the hands of the people. And that’s Proposition 117.

The ballot language for Prop 117 is a legal headache, but nonetheless, a “YES” vote has major implications for holding down the growth of our state government and its ability to allow enterprises to raise fees. As simply put as possible — state government found ways around our Taxpayer Bill of Rights by allowing enterprises (see: government-created business ventures) to create fees that are essentially nothing more than stealth taxes. Think about this: Since TABOR was passed in 1992, giving us a voice in tax increases, we’ve approved just three, constraining the growth of government. During that time, however, the state has created and launched 15 enterprises, each of which have created fees. Each of which you pay.

And they raise these fees as they see fit — running counter to TABOR.

Proposition 117 forces a taxpayer vote of approval if government creates new enterprises that raise more than $100 million in fees over five years. This does begin to give more control to you and I as citizens and taxpayers. Frankly, this could go further, but dismantling the government’s insatiable appetite for wanting to grow is a long-term process. Which is why we should vote for elected officials who desire the same.

Give people back the power of our money. Give Prop 117 a “YES” vote.

Robert Hessler

Highlands Ranch

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