Of course cutting taxes and reducing fees sounds good to all of us; however, at what price? What are we willing to give up or do without? These three ballot issues will be presented to Colorado voters this fall. It is important to carefully consider unintended consequences. I hope that we will remember and learn from TABOR.
The Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce has taken a strong stance again these amendments and the proposition and even has a direct link to Don’t Hurt Colorado to sign a petition, www.donthurtcolorado.com. According to some, the passage of these ballots could significantly increase jobs lost. Cutting revenue will impact jobs – something we should be careful about, considering recent job losses with this recession and the very slow recovery.
Communities thrive as the result of growing businesses and the services offered by nonprofits.
According to the Colorado Nonprofit Association (www.coloradononprofits.org), if passed, these amendments and the proposition, could negatively impact our communities. Businesses and nonprofits rely on government services, including infrastructure. Government often supports basic services such as transportation for seniors and disabled persons; and they often fund nonprofits to expand and enhance these services. If local and state government revenues decrease there will be a direct impact on nonprofits. These organizations are seeing increased demands for services as a result of this recession and there will be greater burdens placed on them.
Living in Pinewood Springs and with the recent fires, I am concerned about how these ballot issues will impact our fire district. Of course no one can accurately predict what proposed legislation action will do and not do; however, it seems more likely than not that reduced taxes and fees will impact services. I would be the first to agree that government can improve efficiencies, but this is not the way to reach performance improvements.
I hope that the Lyons Area Chamber of Commerce, representing businesses and the Lyons Community Foundation working with nonprofits, will educate and inform their constituents before ballots are mailed next month and votes are taken. Again, please consider these carefully and don’t be fooled into thinking tax cuts and reduced fees will not harm our schools, nonprofits, businesses, fire districts, library districts and other services.
Sincerely, Christy Crosser
Christy Crosser is the current director of the Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center, and served as the first co-chair until December 2009, with Connie Eyster for the Lyons Community Foundation.