The Pueblo Chieftain: Vote ‘yes’ on 109, ‘no’ on 110
Author: The Pueblo Chieftain Editorial Board - October 10, 2018 - Updated: October 10, 2018
When you think about the top challenges facing Pueblo today, new road construction probably isn’t very high on your list. Road maintenance, maybe. Which our city leaders are supposed to be addressing through the establishment of a street maintenance enterprise fund.
But Pueblo is largely free of the blood pressure-raising traffic congestion that plagues our neighbors to the north in the Colorado Springs and Denver metropolitan areas. It’s important to keep that in perspective when considering Proposition 109 and Proposition 110, two statewide ballot initiatives that take different approaches to transportation funding.
If Proposition 109 passes, the state would borrow up to $3.5 billion by selling transportation revenue bonds. These would be repaid within 20 years, using existing state revenue sources.