CUSG supports another tax hike for the city

We are not even in the first week of school yet, and it looks like the CU Student Government is already supporting a tax increase that is proposed by a governmental entity. Unlike previous support for massive tax increases, however, it seems like they actually have done their homework ahead of this one and I think that it is something that everyone is able to get behind, except that the words “tax increase” puts a lot of people like me on edge. I also feel like the premise of the bill itself is too vague and that the city council needs to really map out what is going where and how much will be spent. It has a spending cap, but I think that the people have the right to know from other committees what they need and tell that to the city. I want as little of my tax dollars as possible in the discretionary hands of the city council.

I think that we need more funds to start these projects, especially since the floods last year seemed to force funds to be allocated to fix some of the other, more immediate, projects, but I feel like that they will ask for another ‘tax increase’ down the road and that they may also ask for a ‘tax extension’, because the City Council in Boulder, along with what seems to be the rest of the governmental entities everywhere in the US, don’t seem to know how much money they have or need. I don’t think that the ‘sales tax’ will ever go away. They could also easily channel funds from other ‘high priority’ projects that probably aren’t that high of a priority and move some funds over to fund whatever pet project they want to pursue in the next ten years, since that is how long it seems to take the city council to do much of anything.

It is bundled together with a broadband monopoly bill that seems to have everyone on edge and another vote on creating a huge waste of time and money on what they call the electric utility.

So, yes, there is a real need to get started on some of these cultural projects and infrastructure improvements in the city, but there is a way to do it without giving us a “temporary” sales tax increase. It says that the tax increase is for only a couple of years, but it takes a heck of a lot longer than that to get any infrastructure project done in Boulder. It seems like the cultural centers can raise this money probably on its own through increased fees and sponsorship funding and then just reallocate funds from other sites to the rest of the necessary improvements.