‘No’ on Measure B
Faced with the possibility that it will be able to pay off bonds for the Riverside Parkway in a few years — and have a revenue surplus under Colorado’s TABOR Amendment — the Grand Junction City Council reached the reasonable conclusion that it could use that revenue to fund future capital projects. But only if voters approve of the plan.
Referred Measure B is the council’s request to voters to do just that. However, there are significant problems with Measure B that provide ample reason for voters to reject it.
First, despite Jim Doody’s argument on the facing page, there’s little reason that the issue couldn’t be dealt with in the municipal election two years from now. It’s highly unlikely the city would be faced with a TABOR refund before then.
More importantly, Measure B is simply too vague and open-ended. Although the measure names a handful of specific projects such as improvements to Horizon Drive, North Avenue and completion of 29 Road to Interstate 70, there are no cost estimates associated with any of the projects and no time for completion.
And, while Measure B says TABOR revenue limits will apply again once projects are paid in full, voters have no way of knowing when that may occur, if ever.
We believe in representative government and allowing our elected officials to decide how to spend revenue they receive. And, unlike some opponents of Measure B, we don’t believe there is some malicious intent on the part of the City Council in putting this measure before voters.
But the council is asking voters to change what is allowed under TABOR. In considering that request, voters have a right to know details of how the money will be spent and how long it will be needed.
Vote “No” on Referred Measure B.