Jun 19, 2011 9:51 PM by Jeannette Hynes

Parks tax proposal on the table

A citizens group in El Paso County called "Great Park - Great Communities" is hoping voters would pay a little more sales tax to keep area parks maintained.

The proposal would increase sales tax in El Paso County .15 of 1% for park maintenance.  That's 1.5 cents of tax for every 10 dollars spent.

The group will present its case to El Paso County commissioners at Tuesday's meeting.  The commissioners have the power to decide to put the proposal on the November ballot.  The commissioners could also wait to take any action.

"All we're asking at this point is for them [commissioners] to let the people decide. Let the people decide that they want to take care of what they have," says Susan Davies, executive director for Trails & Open Space Coalition. "We're not talking about new parks. We're not talking about a big sales tax increase. Just a little bit and it'll make a huge difference."

"They'll take a look at it and consider whether the economy warrants a sales tax increase for parks right now, and to warrant spending dollars to put it on the ballot. County taxpayer dollars," replies Sallie Clark, El Paso County commissioner. "We have to weigh a lot of different factors."

Tuesday's meeting begins at 9:00 a.m. in the county office building, third floor hearing room, 27 E. Vermijo in Colorado Springs.



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