The hard facts on issue 1B

Dear CSIndy,

Zubeck's article on 1B listed no websites for voters. Ours is Readers will see many alternatives, none taxing churches, schools, non-profits, libraries, or homeowners.

Issue 1B won't reduce the backlog. Without changes in land use rules, construction will keep raising the backlog. Their list of projects is phony--114  on the ballot, 230 named in their postcard. Any project can be added or dropped, and there are no priorities, due dates, or price caps.

With $22 million (55% of $40 million) spent yearly on their alleged $700 million backlog (expanded  $50 million or more yearly), the backlog will never decline. A 3% increase for inflation would equal that spending, which does not start until 2016 (some "crisis"). Put another way, a static $22 million for 20 years is $440 million, only 63% of today's alleged backlog, which will continue to grow from inflation and developer subsidies (hence, never "fixed").

The tax is NOT a fee. It's placed on property TAX bills. It will cost 1.5% to collect (by state law), more than the 1% cap promised for administration. That leaves nothing for salaries, pensions, vehicles, rent, utilities, etc. $393,000 will not administer a $40 million program. For government salaries, it covers one administrator, one secretary, and one technician, plus rent, supplies, cars, etc. Compare the draft 2015 city budget (27% administration).

City Hall appropriated $43 million for drainage, but cynically withheld it to expand the "crisis." See the draft 2015 budget.

Local politicians awarding millions invites graft. They can never be removed by drainage district voters, who can't elect them, or recall them, or end the district.

The true yearly cost for an average family of four is $268 (600,000 people paying $40 million in direct and indirect taxes averages $67, times 4), forever. Vote "NO" on 1B.

Douglas Bruce
Colorado Springs