Grand Junction City Council Holds Referenda C and D Forum

Grand Junction-Voters only have a few more months to decide where they stand on Referenda C and D and to help clear up any confusion on the matter they may have. The City of Grand Junction hosted a public forum to discuss the issue, Monday night.

Some think they will fix some of the budget problems that came after the Taxpayers Bill of Rights, or TABOR. Others think they will be a tax increase.

Colorado voters will make a decision in November on Referenda C and D. The City of Grand Junction hosted the forum to help voters better understand the TABOR related issues, which could be critical to the state's budget.

The Grand Junction City Council was trying to decide where it stood on this issue. The council members said they simply didn't have enough information to choose, so instead of having a city council meeting, the council decided to host a public forum, inviting speakers from both sides of the issue.

If passed, Referendum C would permit the state to keep excess TABOR revenues for five years. Currently money left over goes back to the taxpayers. If Referendum C passes this will all end and the extra money will be allocated to higher education.

Opponents of the measure say that amounts to a permanent tax increase. Supporters feel the measure is a great way to get out of the budget crisis..

Referendum D will allow the state to sell bonds to be used for highway construction. State Senator Ron Teck, (R) Grand Junction, took time to show voters the financial aspect of the issue. He letthem see where the states budget is and where it will go if this referenda are not passed.

That election is going to be held on Tuesday, November 1st.
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