Nov 4, 2009 5:25 PM by Abby Lane

Springs voters say yes to 300 and no to tax increase

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Springs voters said yes to 300 and no to a property tax increase.

"I think there are some areas where we need to spend money -- the types of things that they need for 2C but I think they need to spell it out in the ballot," said one voter.

Ballot measure 2C would have raised property taxes to help the city. It was the idea of Councilwoman Jan Martin who was disappointed by the results but said it was a difficult issue in difficult times.  "I think the message from the voters is they expect us to continue to make cuts which we certainly will do," she said.

Martin said the cuts will be severe. "75% of the parks budget, 62,000 hours of transit and 60 police and fire positions and that's just the basics that we're looking at," she said.

The group that campaigned against 2C is also focused on what's ahead.  "I speak for everyone in our group saying we want to work positively with council," said Andy McElhany, Citizens for Cost Effective Government. "Hopefully put a budget together that has a minimum impact on the citizens and go forward from there."

Ballot measure 300 ends city enterprise payments, which means more cuts. It was anti-tax activist Douglas Bruce's measure who ripped up his stormwater bill for the media "I have a special message for the members of the city council who may be listening.  It's clear tonight the voters do not trust you. They do not respect you," he said.

The group opposed to 300 said it's a sign of the times and a sign that voters want change. "I think they're also asking for a different way of doing business," said Kevin Walker.

On Monday at 2 p.m., City Council will hold a budget mark-up session.


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