On March 28, Douglas Bruce, author of the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights, appealed a judge's March 8 dismissal of his lawsuit against El Paso County that alleged tricky language in the 2012 ballot measure for a Sheriff's Office sales tax increase. Bruce asks the appeal be moved to the Colorado Supreme Court because it's a "matter of statewide concern."
His lawsuit alleged the county said the tax hike would generate about $17 million a year, but it raised $17.9 million in 2013 (and even more in later years), which he says requires the additional money be refunded to voters or voters be asked at a later election to let the county keep the money. The county asserts the measure asked for override permission at the same time as the tax increase and was approved by voters.
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Anti-tax crusader and Taxpayers Bill of Rights author Douglas Bruce has vowed to appeal the dismissal of his lawsuit against El Paso County. Bruce had argued the county's 2012 ballot language stating the sheriff's tax would raise "approximately $17 million" violated TABOR, an amendment to the state constitution.
In 2013, the tax generated nearly $17.9 million. Bruce argued the county should have refunded the excess or asked voters to keep it. The county said the measure contained a clause exempting collections from TABOR caps.