As you know, there is currently much discussion about widening I-25 between Monument and Castle Rock. There were two county ballot questions in November to use about $25 million in excess funds toward this project. The issues passed (I voted yes), and then we found out CDOT wants the additional lanes to be toll lanes. There was no mention of possible toll lanes on the ballot. I — and I think most others who voted for this measure — thought we were getting highway lanes on which we could actually drive.
There is no way I would have voted yes to use my tax dollars to create lanes for people who can afford to pay extra while I continue to sit in stop-and-go traffic. This money should have been used for local projects that benefit all taxpayers — not the privileged few.
Misrepresentation of this type will cause the citizens of Colorado to distrust the voting process and erode that basis of our democracy. I know I am considering voting NO on all future measures. Why would I vote yes if I can't trust how the money will be used?
The Indy recommended a yes vote on this issue. Please explain to me where the benefits are for those of us not rich enough to afford the toll lane who will continue to sit in I-25 traffic while the privileged few zip by? How does our spending benefit us? I want my vote back!
— Kenneth Ward, Colorado Springs
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