Just say no to higher taxes for Denver light rail (FasTracks)
This is a letter to the editor of the Denver Post responding to their article of March 12, 2009 entitled “Doubling FasTracks sales tax gets nod“.
It’s hard not to laugh at RTD Spokesman Scott Reed’s claim that “there was no upside for RTD to over-estimate finances” during the initial proposal for FasTracks and the sales tax that was supposed to fund it. Of course there was upside for RTD, namely the fact that once tens of millions of dollars have been poured into the lightrail money-pit after getting approval for the project by fooling the public into thinking the 0.4% sales tax tack-on would cover the cost, RTD can then say “we have to raise more money or the first money will just have been wasted.”
It’s time to just say no to such transparently deceitful ploys. Nobody but RTD and its allies could possibly have believed their incredibly rosy economic assumptions, particularly a constant economic growth rate of around 6%. Jon Caldara was right to call that assumption fraudulent, and now we’re already $2.2 billion short with a recession that doesn’t seem near to ending.
So, typically for government, they’re behind schedule, over-budget, and want more of our money just as Colorado’s unemployment rate reaches its highest level since 1988. I have two words for RTD: “Forget it.” I maybe have been born at night, Mr. Reed, but not last night.
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