Gus Jarvis wrote a series of Ridgway briefs (in The Watch, July 29). The one against issues 60, 61, and 101 contained several errors. Of course, we're all anxious to find out if a group of politicians will oppose tax relief. The suspense is killing me!
The article said Amendment 60 “will cut mill levies in half.” The truth is, the provision 1) applies only to school property taxes, 2) is for less than half their mill levy, 3) takes 10 years to phase out that small amount, and 4) is fully replaced by state aid. What a difference the truth makes!
Amendment 60 says, “state aid shall replace that revenue yearly.” Current law – the School Finance Act and Amendment 23 – say the same thing. Article IX, section 2 of our 1876 state constitution says “the state shall provide a thorough and uniform system of free public schools throughout the state.” Don't you think it's time we moved towards keeping that constitutional promise?
The article said Amendment 61 would “prohibit any borrowing by the state or local governments.” False again. The text says of local debt, “Future borrowing...shall be bonded debt.” Does that sound like a ban on local debt? No. However, it does require voter approval and limit the debt to 10 years. Our children and grandchildren should not be burdened for life by repaying current government overspending. That's immoral.
The icing was that the council stated its opposition to tax relief and THEN “directed staff to draft a resolution and develop background information” on the effect of the issues. In other words, “My mind is made up; now find me some facts on what the issues do.” Brilliant.
I suggest the council and readers both visit COtaxreforms.com to get the truth.
One narrow-minded councilman said, “I don't think we need to be educated more on why they are bad.” He opposed them and didn't need no stinkin' facts. That's what our opponents praise as “representative government.” Somewhere the Founding Fathers are weeping.
– Debbie Schum, Cedaredge