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City opposes three ballot issues

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 25th, 2010

MONTE VISaTA — The Monte Vista City Council has gone on record as opposing ballot Proposition 101, Amendment 60 and Amendment 61 and is considering an ordinance banning marijuana dispensaries in the city limits.

In addition, the council declared Aug. 17, 2010 Faith Hinkley Day in honor of the Monte Vista native who was killed Aug. 7 in Iraq.

The council instructed City Attorney Gene Farish to look into an ordinance on marijuana dispensaries. A moratorium was put into effect several months ago.

Opposition to the three measures set to appear on the November ballot was based on the city’s belief that the proposition and amendments would significantly damage Colorado’s state and local governments and hamper their funding of the most basic level of services related to safety, education and transportation.

Monte Vista has projected a loss of more that $140,000 from its general fund in the upcoming year, resulting in a decreased level of basic city services if the ballot measures become law.

In addition, the measures would roll back half of all school property taxes statewide and drastically limit the school district’s ability to construct new buildings and employ teachers.

The council noted that one of the many components of Proposition 101 would reduce the vehicle registration fee, the annual license plate fee, to the level seen in 1919, a provision that, alone, would devastate Colorado’s ability to maintain safe roads and bridges.

In addition, they noted, Amendment 60 would overturn hundreds of election measures approved by voters in the past 18 years, creating financial chaos for the city and school district.

In addition, the city leaders said, one of the many components of Amendment 61 eliminates any practical means for state and regional governments to make future road, highway and bridge improvements or other capital improvements to their districts, towns, water conservation districts or improvements to public schools, cities, towns and counties.

“The cumulative and destructive nature of the three measures ensures that Colorado would surrender its competitive standing to attract large and small employers alike, resulting in little to no economic growth for the state and the city, a steady decline in property values, a steady decline in property values and an erosion of the state and local tax base,” the council maintained.

“Now, therefore, be it hereby resolved by the City Council of the city of Monte Vista that the city council does hereby oppose the three ballot measures known as Proposition 101, Amendment 60 and Amendment 61 and urges the city electorate to defeat these measures at the Nov, 2 General Election,” the resolution concluded.

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