Grand Junction TABOR, Anti-TABOR Sentiments On The Rise

An override of Grand Junction's TABOR restrictions could be on a ballot next April if the city council approves the idea. But not everyone approves of the idea.

If voters approve the override the city would keep energy impact fees and sales taxes. That money would be used to help pay the bond on the Riverside Parkway, and could save as much as 5 million dollars over the 20–year life of the bond. Councilman Gregg Palmer said that money could then be used for other transportation projects as determined by the voters. The requested override could be for multiple years, depending on what projects voters decided would be needed.

But already one person is speaking out against the TABOR fix.

Former County Commissioner John Crouch says he's not surprised that the City Council would look at a TABOR fix for the parkway project. He says paying off the bond early is not a bad idea and says he's surprised it wasn't planned for in the beginning. Crouch says an expanding sales tax base should be enough to pay off any bond.

Crouch is also against the TABOR override because he says this city council is intelligent, but they apparently can't handle money issues well. Crouch also points to the loss of a City Manager and the Police Chief, as well as what he calls a "debacle" in dealing with the Van Gundy property as evidence the City Council can't be trusted.

These issues, he says, point to a City Council that has been largely ineffective, and if paying off the parkway bond is important voters should wait until another, more responsible city council is elected.