Just when you thought you may have heard the last of countywide referendums for awhile, the HoCo GOP has announced a referendum effort to limit the ability of the county council to raise taxes. Dubbed the Taxpayer Protection Initiative, the referendum would amend the county charter to require four votes instead of three to pass any local tax increase.
Is this a case of much ado about nothing?
Despite extreme budget pressures which led to furloughs and hiring freezes, the county hasn’t raised local taxes in the last four years even though there has been a solid Democratic majority on the council.
I suppose it makes for good election year rhetoric though I do think that we are fast approaching referendum fatigue in HoCo. Once again we’ll have claims that some petition gatherers are misrepresenting the issue and that the signature requirements in HoCo are an affront to democracy and mom’s apple pie.
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