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El Paso County voters to decide on spending $15 million in excess tax revenue

Commissioners vote to put question on fall ballot

El Paso County voters to decide on...

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - El Paso County could allocate $6 million to widen Interstate 25 between Monument and Castle Rock, under a resolution passed Tuesday by county commissioners.

In a 4-1 vote, commissioners decided to let voters decide the matter with a question on the November ballot.

The county collected $14.5 million in excess tax revenue last year, which by law requires a public vote to retain for spending purposes or must be refunded to taxpayers.

Under the resolution, commissioners will ask to keep the excess and use some of it for the proposed widening of I-25.

The rest of the money would be spent on other local road projects ($6 million), repairing damage from previous floods and other disasters ($1 million) and upgrading local parks, trails and open spaces ($1.5 million).

Commissioner Mark Waller said the county could ultimately provide as much as $25 million from other sources for the I-25 project.

Former Commissioner Douglas Bruce, who wrote the Taxpayers' Bill of Rights -- leading to the law regulating this matter -- is opposed to the resolution and said voters should reject it.

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