Colorado Springs gets a New Sales Tax

Travis Stedman, Journalist

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There is a new sales tax coming to Colorado Springs residents. As many citizens of Colorado Springs know the roads are not in the best conditions. As a result, the tax will go towards fixing the roads. The taxes  implementation will not affect or apply to: purchases of food for domestic home consumption, prescriptions, residential utility bills and other. The tax will be a .62 percent increase and will raise about 50 million dollars in five years. One question raised with the tax is what roads will be re-done and how they plan to accomplish this task. Mayor candidate John Suther said at a press conference that, “ We’ll show them a map without this tax. This is what you’ll see in the next five years. This is what we’ll be able to accomplish with the tax”. The election was on November 3 and is conducted by the El Paso County Clerk & Recorder. The citizens of Colorado Springs voted an astounding 65 percent “Yes” on the tax. There is still questions about whether the money raised by the tax will go to other projects breaking the promise of all the revenue going to road repairs.  It will be interesting to see how the problems play out in the next couple of months. 

Sources: https://coloradosprings.gov/government/general-information/elections/november-3-2015-city-ballot-issues , http://www.koaa.com/story/29548732/repairing-colorado-springs-roads-tax-increase-question-planned

 

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