Two Sides of Amendment 66 in Mesa County
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Amendment 66 is a billion dollar bill that’s stirring up controversy on the Western Slope.
The amendment raises income tax on all Colorado residents for the sole purpose of funding schools.
The bill has strong opposition in Mesa County, but there are two sides represented here, and a pro amendment 66 shop will be opening up tomorrow to start campaigning for it.
The two sides of the amendment are worried about different aspects of the bill.
Club 20 in Grand Junction says they're board voted to oppose the bill due to its lack of accountability.
The Executive Director at Club 20 Bonnie Petersen said some of the reasons they advise people to vote no is because it raises taxes unequally among the rich and poor, and it doesn't have specific enough wording to guarantee results.
But proponents of the bill see it more as an investment than a tax.
People for amendment 66 say it will be a valuable asset for the future, and say the taxes raised will be vital for the classes like art, music and gym that have slowly been disappearing.
The amendment will be voted on in the upcoming election and will raise almost a billion dollars in taxes in the first year if passed.
School district 51 says they have a neutral stance on the amendment.