Eagle County commissioners join ballot issue opposition
Present: Peter Runyon, Jon Stavney, Sara Fisher.
Issue: A resolution of opposition to Proposition 101 and Amendments 60 and 61 on the Nov. 2 ballot.
How they voted: 3-0 to approve.
What they talked about: County staff prepared the resolution opposing the ballot measures, which would dramatically cut taxes and fees in Colorado.
Using his own research and templates from the Bell Policy Center, county finance director John Lewis’ part of the resolution estimated that the ballot measures would reduce the county’s budget by about $24 million per year when fully in force in 2014.
The resolution, available on the county’s Website, also claims that local school funding would drop from an average of $479 per student per year to $5.02. The resolution further claims that Proposition 101 would reduce vehicle registration fees to the assessment rate of 1919.
Runyon noted that Colorado Counties, Inc., the state’s association of county governments, recently voted 64-0 to oppose the ballot measures.
“And there are some very conservative county governments in this state,” Runyon said.
Stavney said he’s most concerned about the measures’ potential impact on public schools.
“Public education funding will be cut in half with this,” he said. “Talk about something that’s bad for business. It’s something we will not recover from.”