Letter to the editor: The sheriff that lived in a shoe

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Whereas both our Jeffco County Commissioners and Sheriff are crying that they will not have enough money to keep a portion of our jail staffed and open; and

Whereas the Arapahoe County Sheriff states that he has far too many prisoners for his available space; and

Whereas all involved are crying for tax increases to solve their supposed problems;

Wouldn’t it make more sense, and benefit all, for Jeffco to take surplus Arapahoe County prisoners at a financial premium, at least for the next year, until our county can actually determine its true financial needs; given that it will automatically experience a noticeable increase in tax revenues next year as a result of its upwardly increased appraised property values?

Alas, how many Jeffco voters know that such a simple situation is not allowed, as our county actually has an annual spending-increase limit of 3.9%?
 
Why isn't that almost 4% spending increase enough?
 
Doesn't that limitation indicate that our County Commissioners really  have a 'spending problem' rather than a revenue one?
 
How much more ill-considered spending will be unleashed if Jeffco taxpayers foolishly vote to remove both state and county 'tax and spend' limitations come the November election?  
 

Russell W Haas,
Golden

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