TABOR override would free up $2.4 million for city projects

An upcoming ballot question may ask voters to approve excess tax on large transportation projects such as connecting 29 Road to Interstate 70 and making improvements to North Avenue and Horizon Drive.

Those projects have garnered the most interest to date in citywide surveys that ask residents which projects they would be in favor of funding.

Grand Junction City Councilors are expected to place a question on April’s ballot asking voters to allow the city to use revenue that exceeds limits set by TABOR, the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights.

Also on the ballot would be a follow-up question asking voters if they would approve the dollars for a specific project or projects. Councilors, at a meeting Monday night, debated which projects they should ask voters to fund.

Councilors debated whether they should ask voters if they could spend the tax dollars on a large project, such as a multi-million dollar 29 Road or limit it to smaller community projects such as improving North Avenue and Horizon Drive.

If voters approved the TABOR override ballot measure, an estimated $2.4 million a year would be freed up to spend on other capital projects.

Councilors have until Jan. 16 to submit language for the ballot measure. Anyone can submit comments by taking a survey at http://www.gjcity.org.


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