Never mind that TABOR requires voters to approve all tax increases, but eight of 22 mayoral and City Council candidates have signed a pledge not to raise taxes if elected.
“This pledge represents a new era in Colorado Springs,” Jeff Crank, a local radio talk show host and state director of the Republican advocacy group Americans for Prosperity Colorado, which put out the pledge, said today in a statement.
“For too long candidates have claimed to be fiscal conservatives only to get elected and support tax increases,” Crank said in the statement. “While candidates may claim that they are fiscal conservatives, this pledge gives them the opportunity to show the citizens of Colorado Springs that they will act like fiscal conservatives when they get elected.”
Five of nine mayoral candidates have signed the pledge. They are Stephen Bach, Brian Bahr, Mitch Christiansen, Buddy Gilmore and Phil McDonald.
Three of 13 council candidates have signed the pledge. They are Tony Carpenter, Angela Dougan and Sean Paige.
According to Crank’s statement, the pledge has been sent “to all candidates” over the last several weeks.
“As additional candidates for mayor and city council of Colorado Springs file their candidacy papers, they will be asked to sign the AFP Taxpayer Protection Pledge,” according to the statement. “AFP will work diligently to get an updated list of pledge signers to the media and to our 6,000 AFP activists in the city of Colorado Springs.”
Granted, elected officials can raise money by repealing tax credits and tax exemptions, which Republicans characterize as a tax increase.
But they can’t vote to raise taxes.