Letter to the editor: Say no to 1A

Posted 10/2/19

Say no to 1A Ballot Issue 1A seeks to address a problem by expanding the problem by taking more of the money from the citizens of Arapahoe County, by raising the property tax by 3.4 mills, which …

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Letter to the editor: Say no to 1A

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Say no to 1A

Ballot Issue 1A seeks to address a problem by expanding the problem by taking more of the money from the citizens of Arapahoe County, by raising the property tax by 3.4 mills, which equates to about $5.66 per month or about $68 dollars per year, on the average home price in the county of $380,000. With the cost of living, and especially housing, in the state above the national average, nickel and dime taxation will make their lives and efforts to make a living for themselves and their families harder and hurt the economy.

The problem of the overcrowded Arapahoe County jail is an issue of chronic mass incarceration and criminal law issues plaguing this county, state and nation. With an incarceration rate between 440-500 per 100,000 from 2007 to 2017 and with prison sentences for any given offense being anywhere from two times to 10 times longer than many countries in Europe or even Canada making the U.S. the largest prison population in the world. Doing things to decrease the prison population by decriminalizing and ending victimless crimes like the war on drugs and reforming criminal law policies and practices like mandatory minimums, three strike policies, ending federal guidelines that can be handled better at state and county levels and stopping prosecutorial policies and practices that lead to corruption are better ways than taxing to make the problem bigger and newer.

On behalf of the Libertarian Party of Arapahoe County, we see this as unwise, counterproductive and oppose Ballot Issue 1A.

Joshua Lallement

Communications director, Libertarian Party of Arapahoe County

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