Steamboat Pilot & Today: Vote ‘yes’ on Prop. 110, ‘no’ on Prop. 109
Author: The Steamboat Today Editorial Board - October 16, 2018 - Updated: October 16, 2018
With the gap between the list of state transportation projects and available funding widening to almost $10 billion, it’s no surprise that two state transportation initiatives have landed on the November ballot. Propositions 109 and 110 both propose to fix Colorado’s transportation problems, but their approaches are very different.
Colorado finds itself in a transportation funding predicament due to its reliance on a gas tax to pay for the state’s highway infrastructure — a tax that hasn’t been increased for almost three decades. As a result of shrinking revenue, the state is facing a backlog of $9 billion in transportation projects.
And if you’re wondering how that affects you, it should be noted that Colorado currently ranks 33rd in the nation when it comes to quality of roads, and it is estimated that time lost in traffic congestion and poor road conditions can cost individual Western Slope drivers approximately $1,200 a year.