Colorado school tax challenge faces hearing

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DENVER (AP) Opponents of a school tax question on Colorado ballots are due in court Friday to challenge the petition that sent the measure to voters.

The opponents want to invalidate the question about raising Colorado income taxes to raise some $950 million a year for schools. The opponents say they've identified enough suspect signatures on petition ballots to put the ballot measure in question.

Groups supporting the school finance overhaul delivered more than 160,000 signatures in August. State elections officials said about 90,000 of those were valid. That's about 3,700 more than what's needed to get on the ballot.

Tax opponents question those figures. The school tax proposal has already been printed on ballots, but if the tax opponents prevail, votes on the ballot question won't be counted.

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