Colorado Springs rejects placing TABOR measure on ballot
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado: Late last week, the Colorado Springs City Council voted 6 to 3 against placing a measure to revise the local Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR) on the November 3, 2009 ballot in El Paso County. The proposed measure, sponsored by Councilman Tom Gallagher and proposed by local resident, Douglas Bruce, fell short after two council members changed their positions at the last minute. The same issue was discussed earlier this year in April 2009. The measure proposed limiting the growth in government revenue and spending and refunds surplus revenue to taxpayers. In other words, any new tax, tax rate increase, mill levy increase and tax extension would still require voter approval.
Government spending in Colorado Springs is governed by two separate TABOR provisions:
- A local version approved by voters in 1991.
- The statewide TABOR passed in 1992.