Monday, August 27, 2018

Board approves a ballot question to exempt state grants from the TABOR cap

Mesa County Commissioners adopted a resolution that approves and authorizes a ballot question for the Nov. 6 General Election, for the purpose exempting state grants from the revenue and spending limitations of TABOR.
The Board of Mesa County Commissioners adopted a resolution today in public hearing that approves and authorizes a ballot question for the election to be held Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, for the purpose exempting state grants and pass-through revenue from the spending limitations of the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights (TABOR).

“The commissioners are asking residents to consider a ballot question to exempt state grants from our TABOR cap, without increasing any taxes," Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese said.“This would include pass-through grants for our nonprofits like Mind Springs. If we continue to turn away grants, our taxpayer money will continue to go to the state and be used in other communities for their projects. I believe it is time to bring Mesa County taxpayer money home to work for Mesa County residents.”

The approved language for the State Revenue Ballot Question for consideration this November aks: "Without any increase in taxes, shall Mesa County be authorized to collect, retain and spend the full proceeds from any grant revenue received from the State of Colorado, and any revenue received by Mesa County and passed through to another entity, notwithstanding any restrictions or limitations of Article X, Section 20 of the Colorado Constitution ("TABOR"), starting on January 1, 2019, and thereafter?" 

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