Sheriff endorses child tax |

Sheriff endorses child tax

J.K. Perry

EAGLE COUNTY – Sheriff Joe Hoy endorsed Referendum 1A this weekend, saying the child-services tax gives kids the right start.Children who participate in early childhood services are more likely to graduate from high school, become responsible adults and not commit crimes, said Hoy, who is running for re-election against Democrat Scott Griffin.”Anytime we can provide programs that will possibly help get kids the right start so we potentially don’t have to deal with them later, I think it’s the right thing,” Hoy said.The referendum would increase Eagle County property taxes up to $3.6 million each year over 15 years to pay for child care and learning, social and emotional development, health care and family support.Referendum point man and Eagle County Commissioner Arn Menconi outlined the goals of the tax for Hoy and got the sheriff’s endorsement.”It’s important for people to understand this is a public health and safety effort,” Menconi said. “The police understand the need … that early intervention matters.”Undersheriff Jeff Layman also approved the tax.”The early intervention services under 1A will reach at-risk children and families to prevent child abuse and neglect,” Layman said. “There are programs of excellence that the community stands ready to put into action with the funds from 1A.”Opponents of the tax hike, including Eagle County Commissioner Tom Stone, say the referendum doesn’t clearly show how the tax money will be spent.Staff Writer J.K. Perry can be reached at 748-2928 or, Colorado

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