Tweaking TABOR to free up funds for rebuilding after emergencies

By Alicia Caldwell

The Denver Post
The way Sam Mamet sees it, the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights is its own disaster for communities trying to rebuild after an emergency.

The executive director of the Colorado Municipal League said TABOR imposes unreasonable restrictions on local governments as they try to replace important government infrastructure, such as water and sewage treatment plants.

Mamet, who discussed the issue on a segment of The Roundup, a public affairs discussion conducted by members of the Denver Post editorial board, said some tweaks to TABOR are needed.

He emphasized that the proposal would not involve a major rewrite of the constitutional amendment, but rather a few targeted changes, such as defining an “emergency,” and making clear that grants received by communities trying to rebuild would not count toward their TABOR-defined spending limits.

Mamet called the changes “surgical.”

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