KINDLING – Statewide ballot issues face voters

Voting ballots were mailed last week so you should be receiving a ballot if you are a registered voter.  If you don’t get your ballot contact the County Clerk’s office at 303-795-4511.  Website: arapahoe
votes.com 

Just in Arapahoe County, 1A continues to fund ¼ of 1 percent sales tax for parks and recreation.  A good investment for our population growth and the demand for parks, trails, open space.  

Yes, on 1A. 

Amendment 78, Legislative Authority for Spending Money:

A “yes” vote goes back to basic Constitutional principles, that the legislature is responsible for spending and allocating funds.  Federal funds currently are used as a slush fund by the governor and attorney general for their selected project, with limited  oversight and accountability. This is a transparency issue for taxpayers.

Yes on 78.

Proposition 119, Learning Enrichment and Academic Progress Programs:

This is a 5% tax increase on the sale of retail marijuana.  The funds would be used for financial aide for tutoring and other out-of-school enrichment and instruction programs.  While government is receiving huge amounts of Federal assistance it is hard to place a rather large tax increase on any industry including marijuana.  But, the money is going to a good cause of youth education, so a yes vote is acceptable.

Yes on 119.

Proposition 120, Property Tax Assessment Rate Reduction:

Impacts homeowners and would reduce residential property tax assessments from 7.15% to 6.5%.  With the demise of the Gallagher Amendment, property taxes are in for a huge increase in the near future.  This tax decrease will help offset some of the anticipated increases that will occur with the expected rise in property assessments.  Home values and prices have increased dramatically.

Yes on 120.

There will be more to contemplate on the city council contests and school board selections closer to the election.  Forums are being held and candidates making statements along with their advertisements.  There is growing interest in all of these races and voters can decide whether changes are in order or not necessary.  

We welcome letters at no charge on the issues, but, candidate endorsement letters should be placed as advertising.

Transparency is critical to good government and the role of newspapers is a powerful source of information since the Republic was founded, that is why we are often referred to as the 4th estate of government.

Statewide ballot issues face voters

Voting ballots were mailed last week so you should be receiving a ballot if you are a registered voter.  If you don’t get your ballot contact the County Clerk’s office at 303-795-4511.  Website: arapahoe
votes.com 

Just in Arapahoe County, 1A continues to fund ¼ of 1 percent sales tax for parks and recreation.  A good investment for our population growth and the demand for parks, trails, open space.  

Yes, on 1A. 

Amendment 78, Legislative Authority for Spending Money:

A “yes” vote goes back to basic Constitutional principles, that the legislature is responsible for spending and allocating funds.  Federal funds currently are used as a slush fund by the governor and attorney general for their selected project, with limited  oversight and accountability. This is a transparency issue for taxpayers.

Yes on 78.

Proposition 119, Learning Enrichment and Academic Progress Programs:

This is a 5% tax increase on the sale of retail marijuana.  The funds would be used for financial aide for tutoring and other out-of-school enrichment and instruction programs.  While government is receiving huge amounts of Federal assistance it is hard to place a rather large tax increase on any industry including marijuana.  But, the money is going to a good cause of youth education, so a yes vote is acceptable.

Yes on 119.

Proposition 120, Property Tax Assessment Rate Reduction:

Impacts homeowners and would reduce residential property tax assessments from 7.15% to 6.5%.  With the demise of the Gallagher Amendment, property taxes are in for a huge increase in the near future.  This tax decrease will help offset some of the anticipated increases that will occur with the expected rise in property assessments.  Home values and prices have increased dramatically.

Yes on 120.

There will be more to contemplate on the city council contests and school board selections closer to the election.  Forums are being held and candidates making statements along with their advertisements.  There is growing interest in all of these races and voters can decide whether changes are in order or not necessary.  

We welcome letters at no charge on the issues, but, candidate endorsement letters should be placed as advertising.

Transparency is critical to good government and the role of newspapers is a powerful source of information since the Republic was founded, that is why we are often referred to as the 4th estate of government.