Tax increases voted down

Apr 082003
Authors: Melissa Pester

Fort Collins voters decided Tuesday that the city would need to find funding for transportation projects in places other than by raising taxes.

Ballot Issue One, a city-initiated measure proposing a 0.25 percent increase in Fort Collins sales tax. Money from this would be used to fund what the text of the ballot called Transportation Capital Improvement Projects.

“I voted no, because I felt this was not necessary,” said Ksenya Gurshtein, an art history and English major in an earlier interview. “There wasn’t enough information out there to persuade me otherwise.”

Ballot Issue Two would have raised the tax on building permits for all new construction and reconstruction in the city at the rate of 1 percent of the project’s cost.

“(The Homebuilders Association of Northern Colorado) took a stance against (ballot issue two) because it raises the cost of homeownership again,” said Dotti Weber, an executive officer for the Homebuilders Association of Northern Colorado.

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