Board Says State Needs to Better Prioritize General Fund Spending
The Board of El Paso County Commissioners has adopted a formal resolution opposing Colorado House Bill 1242. If passed, the Bill would refer to voters a question that would increase the Colorado State Sales Tax rate to provide additional funding for transportation.
The resolution that passed the Board unanimously on Tuesday recognizes, “…a safe, efficient and well-maintained network of state and interstate highways and bridges is essential for public safety and national security” and to “support commerce and economic vitality.” But El Paso County Commissioners agree that raising state sales tax is not right solution, adding that the state has a “prioritization problem.”
“We all understand that spending for transportation is woefully inadequate in our state,” said District 2 Commissioner Mark Waller who read the resolution into the record. Waller mentioned specifically the need to funnel more state General Fund money to such projects as widening Interstate 25 from Monument to Castle Rock. “That needs to happen,” Waller said. “This is not the way to do it.
The El Paso County Resolution calls on state lawmakers and the Governor to, “adopt budgets that commit substantial general fund revenues for transportation infrastructure.”
If approved by state lawmakers and signed by the Governor, HB 1242 would ask voters to approve a substantial increase in statewide sales tax to pay for roads with no special consideration for counties and cities, including El Paso County and the City of Colorado Springs, where voters have already adopted local sales tax increases to help pay for roads and bridges.
Meetings of the Board of County Commissioners can be viewed through live streaming at www.elpasoco.com by clicking on the link in the left side column marked, Live Meetings at Centennial Hall. Commissioners meetings are also broadcast live and replayed later on the El Paso County News and Information Channels, Comcast Channel 59 and Century Link Channels 89 and 1089.
Contact: Dave Rose
Public Information Officer
Phone: 520-6540 Cell: 337-9239