Reflecting on 25 years of the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (4 letters)
By DP OPINION | firstname.lastname@example.org
March 4, 2017 at 5:00 pm
Jeff Neumann, The Denver Post; photos provided by Thinkstock by Getty Images
Re: “Has TABOR been a good deal?” Feb. 26 Perspective section.
Excellent coverage on both sides of this controversial issue with no surprise in their respective conclusions. Proponents of the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights simply want the taxpayers to have a voice before taxes are increased beyond TABOR limits. The opponents want to return to the pre-TABOR days with little outside control over government growth and spending. TABOR works as intended. The vast majority of Colorado taxing entities that approached their voters with sound and justifiable projects were met with voter approval, including the statewide Referendum C issue.
Former Secretary of State Scott Gessler’s statement that Democrats are unified in their hatred of TABOR is not true. As The Post reported, “Since 1993, statewide voters have approved only five tax increases out of 17 ballot questions.” Rest assured, countless Democrats (myself included) were among those voters opposing any override or change in TABOR. Moreover, it is two Republican legislators who are currently sponsoring House Bill 1187 to decrease taxpayers’ refunds in future years.
Carl Miller, Leadville
The writer is a former Colorado legislator.
Re: “Break antiquated Colorado tax policy free of TABOR,” Feb. 24 Tim Hoover column. Continue reading