Sep 20, 2009 6:32 PM by Abby Lane

2C debate heats up

About two dozen people gathered at Colorado College on Saturday eager to learn more about ballot measure 2C.

The event was organized by the League of Women Voters who has endorsed the proposed tax increase. It would increase property taxes about $120 dollars next year on a $230,000 dollar home in the Springs and $20 dollars for the 4 following years. If passed, it would raise $27 million for the city.

"This is a campaign about our community and what do we want and what to we choose," said councilwoman Jan Martin, the measure's sponsor.

Martin says if it doesn't pass the city's transit system, parks and other services will take a major hit.

Opponents worry small businesses will take a hit if it does pass. "Which, as you know, under Colorado law pay 4 times the amount of property tax that a residence would pay," said Andy Mcelhany, head of Citizens for Cost Effective Government. "Some of these small businesses are barely hanging on in this economy. We think this would be enough to put them out of business, to stifle job creation in our community."

Mcelhany says raising taxes isn't the answer. "We think it's time to say enough is enough."

The election on Nov. 3 is being done entirely by mail-in ballot.  Ballots will be mailed around Oct. 12.


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