Simpson pushed for change in Durango
Dennis Simpson feels so strongly about governments not going into debt without voter approval, he might have quit a job over it.
As the former finance director of Durango’s School District 9-R in the 1990s, he was thankful voters passed a bond measure around that time to pay for school improvements. But, he said he couldn’t in good faith have continued working for the district if it resorted to using certificates of participation, or COPs. This funding mechanism is a way for governments to finance projects.
By that time Simpson already had a history of opposing COPs. In the 1980s, he worked alongside other volunteers to get petitions signed to take the issue of abolishing the use of COPs to a vote, and Durango voters agreed.
Simpson twice ran for city council in Durango, losing by 27 votes and by 100, respectively.
Simpson hasn’t ruled out running for council in Grand Junction, and said he may make a go of it in 2015.