The Town of Crawford is currently under the requirements of the TABOR laws.
"TABOR laws really hurt small communities.
It puts pressure to spend money, when we really need to save money," town clerk Jackie Savage said at the Jan. 15 town council meeting.
Savage prepared a draft ballot question for the April 1 election and had it reviewed by Jim Brown, town attorney.
The town council unanimously approved the ballot question which reads, "Without increasing any tax rate or imposing any new tax, shall the Town of Crawford be authorized to collect, retain and spend all revenues, including all revenue generated from the mill levy, it receives on and after April 1, 2014, as a voter approved revenue change under Article X, Section 20 of the Colorado Constitution (TABOR), or any other law, with any such revenues collected, retained or spent in excess of the limits set forth in Article X, Section 20 of the Colorado Constitution to be used for construction, maintenance, and repair of town roads and the town hall: vehicle maintenance and all other lawfully authorized municipal purpose?"
TABOR was adopted in Colorado as a constitutional amendment in 1992. TABOR stands for Taxpayer Bill of Rights. Voters must approve setting aside TABOR restrictions. TABOR restricts muni-cipal government growth of revenues to population growth and inflation. Any taxes collected above the TABOR restrictions are returned by the county.
Another complaint by other municipalities is that TABOR forces reductions in government services that are needed.
But for the Town of Crawford, Savage wants the TABOR limits removed so the town can save tax dollars for potential hard times.
James Sorensen, trustee, asked if anyone saw any disadvantages to removing TABOR restrictions.
Former mayor Jim Crook said he knows that the Town of Crawford in the past had "de-Bruced" a couple of things so the town did not have to give money back.
Savage replied that Jim Brown consulted with auditor Pete Blair, and the town is still under TABOR.
Mayor Susie Steckel asked for details from Crook. "It was on the sales tax revenues and it was other revenues. You could only de-Bruce certain things per year." Though he couldn't remember what year, he said voters did approve that de-Brucing measure.
Wanda Gofforth, trustee, said putting the question on the ballot to de-Bruce "makes good sense."
Crawford voters will decide the ballot question on April 1.blog comments powered by Disqus