Chamber Endorses Transportation Ballot Measures – Proposition #109 and #110 will help transportation problems
The Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce is recommending support for both transportation measures that will be included on Colorado’s November ballot. The Chamber believes both Colorado Proposition #109 (Fix Our Damn Roads initiative) and Colorado Proposition #110 (Let’s Go, Colorado initiative ) are two viable measures that will address the traffic problem in the state and bring some funding up north to Interstate 25 (I-25).
“There is no doubt our roadways in Colorado need improvements. This is the consequence of too few resources. In November we all have a chance to help,” said David May, Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO. “Voting ‘yes’ for both measures will add to the investment that is much needed for transportation and work toward what we value the most in providing safe and efficient travel to our families and businesses.”
Proposition #109 would utilize existing tax dollars and inject $3.5 billion into the state highway system by issuing bonds and passage would commit securing them with $150 million annually from the general fund.
Proposition #110 would inject $20 billion into the state and local transportation system including state highways, local transportation projects and multi-modal transit projects over 20 years via a .62% dedicated sales tax. It would also direct the issuance of bonds to jump start projects. Additionally, passage would commit $150 million annually from the state’s general fund.
“Two measures, two yes votes will finally provide the funds necessary to fix our (damn) roads and keep Colorado moving! Let’s go, Colorado. Vote yes on 109 and 110 and fix Colorado roads,” said Sandra Solin with Capitol Solutions and the Chamber’s lobbyist.
As the population in northern Colorado region continues to grow (projected to double by 2040), the congested roads will only get worse. The Chamber, along with Northern Colorado Prospers investors, surrounding chambers, cities, counties and other regional partners have deemed fixing I-25 has a No. 1 goal.