In a time when manufacturing is losing jobs and a health crisis swine is pending in the horizon now more than ever citizens need to focus and decide how to vote. Once the proposed issues pass they will be permanent. We still do not know the effect that the health so called “crisis” will have on business or the workers ability to stay employed if ill. It would have been nice to see the very same individuals proposing tax hikes to also propose along side it a financial system reform starting at the State level moving us out of the fiat “print money like no tomorrow” money system. We must be realistic and study all the angles. Now the so called “health” care bill will also affect business and there seems to be no end in sight to deficits, taxes, spending with one gimmick after the other thrown in front of us. We need monetary reform and jobs, not more bureaucracy. If workers had their manufacturing plants , jobs and income then they could buy the things that they need like insurance and buy things so the city could have its share of income from the purchases. The Fed, Wall Street, and bureaucrats, et al will continue to do as they please with other people’s money for they know they can count on those at the community city level to just pass the costs on to the citizens. What really saddens me is that we have such great people in this country and all families stand to suffer. Already many could not even afford the higher utility bills last year and now more taxes are being proposed. We must pray and hope that things will work out. We need now more than ever to keep our eye on the 8th ball for we stand to lose a lot. We had a meeting October 3rd trying to trouble shoot the four major areas of concern to study such as Economy, Health Care, Taxes and Law & Order. Here is a brainstorming sheet that we had which I jokingly call it the Republican Party Economic dead sea scrolls.
“Shall an initiated ordinance be adopted by the City of Colorado Springs to read as follows:
Excluding sales and use taxes forwarded from enterprise customers, all enterprise payments to the city shall phase out in eight or fewer equal yearly steps
starting in January, 2010, with all yearly savings passed on as reductions to each customer bill in dollar amounts as equal as possible. Hereafter, all loans,
gifts, and subsidies between an enterprise and the city or another enterprise are prohibited?”
___ For the Ordinance
__ Against the Initiated ordinance
2C – CITY OF COLORADO SPRINGS“SHALL CITY TAXES BE INCREASED $46,000,000 ANNUALLY BY INCREASING 2009 GENERAL PROPERTY TAX 6.00 MILLS, 1.00 ADDITIONAL MILL
PER YEAR FOR FOUR YEARS, CONTINUING THEREAFTER, CONSTITUTING VOTER-APPROVED REVENUE CHANGE?”
Ballot Issues in Plain English
Issue 300 will END the stormwater fee when voting for the ordinance on ballot and phase out other taxes the city calls “fees” bypassing word tax.
Issue 2C raises property taxes and they will become permanent if passed.
Note: The two ballot issues are opposites, so the storm water fee you would vote “for the ordinance” so as not to support storm fee.
In 2c a vote No is no for the property tax hike.