Several local news outlets are reporting that City Councilor Helen Collins is running a self-funded radio ad that asks voters to reject a proposed tax increase for roads.
The 0.62 percent sales tax would raised $50 million annually for five years, and is specifically "for road repairs/improvements." Collins, however, is claiming that if passed, money from Issue 2C would go toward a downtown city arena rather than roads. Her friend, the anti-tax activist Douglas Bruce, also sent out a press release supporting Collins' claims. He noted that Mayor John Suthers has said that only half of the tax would be used for roads, though Suthers has since clarified, saying that part of the money would need to be used for curb and gutter work.
Suthers responded with the following statement:
“The claims made in the ad are patently false. As I have said multiple times, the sales tax revenues will go into a separate fund and will be dedicated solely to roads. Approximately half the cost will be for asphalt and the remainder for concrete, curb, gutter and sidewalks. Our roads are in a state of disrepair and our fiscally conservative city council and the majority of our voters readily recognize that fact. If we don’t do something now, our roads will continue to deteriorate. If the measure passes, we will implement a comprehensive 5-year plan to change that trend and get our road maintenance on a much more positive trajectory. It’s time to move our city forward and this measure aims to do just that.”
According to the script of Collins' ad:
Issue 2C is a $250 MILLION tax hike. It is NOT for ROADS. It is for the DOWNTOWN ARENA, to be built WITHOUT VOTER APPROVAL.
How do I know? I am Councilwoman Helen Collins. I cast the ONLY vote against issue 2C. Their bait-and-switch would wreck our economy and cripple family budgets. Vote NO on 2C.
They now admit it is for ANY capital improvements. And WHERE has that $680 million in road taxes GONE since 2005?
They tried to recall me. Now they waste over $50,000 for a phony “ethics” witch hunt. Anything to shut me up! Don't be fooled. If I don't trust City Hall, why should you? Visit RaiseTaxesAgain.com....RaiseTaxesAgain.com
I bought this ad personally—to SAVE our city. Tell your friends. Vote NO on 2C.
Paid by Helen Collins
The downtown stadium is a part of the City for Champions project. There is no evidence to support Collins' claims that 2C money would be diverted to the proposed stadium.