DENVER (CBS4) – Two transportation funding measures will be on the November ballot in Colorado this year.

Proposition 110 would increase the state sales tax by .62 percent, or 6.2 cents on a $10 purchase. The extra money would add nearly $800 million that the state would leverage to raise bond money totaling $7 billion. The money would be divided among state, local road and transit projects.

Proposition 109 uses existing revenue to bond for $3.5 billion. It identifies 66 projects around the state for the money.

Both sides made their cases with CBS4 election partners CPT 12.

“You have a choice this fall between two different transportation initiatives. We have something that says build roads now without a tax increase. Or build mystery projects with a 21 percent sales tax increase,” Proposition 109 supporter Jon Caldera said.

“Or we have give us 20 percent of the highest priority, most critical issues or give us $7 billion of the most critical $9 billion list and change my life,” said Kelly Brough, a supporter of Proposition 110.

Political Specialist Shaun Boyd was one of the moderators for the debate. It aired on CPT 12 on Sept. 14 and can be viewed below.

Comments (2)
  1. Steve Carr says:

    The advertisements supporting this proposition are very misleading, indicating that funding will be primarily via out of state visitors, and masking the fact that everyone in Colorado is really footing the bill through a sales tax increase. Additionally, the primary beneficiaries of the road projects are in the northern part of the state. We in El Paso County voted for a county tax to fund our transportation projects including the I-25 corridor, and do not need the additional burden of a sales tax increase to fund the greater Denver metro area, Let taxpayers in the metro area pass similar county tax increases to fund these projects!

  2. Good Lord. It’s just never enough in this state is it? What the heck is wrong with our state government that it cannot seem to manage its money and always needs more? There is something quite nasty about a state of affairs that never has enough money …ever.

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