While these services can sometimes be invisible in our day to day lives, they are the foundation upon which our state is built. The stronger we build our foundation, the more we all thrive.
Imagine a business owner deciding how to budget for his restaurant that's strapped for cash. He knows there's leaking pipes, weakening floor boards, and mold in the kitchen.
A new coat of paint for the dining room. That costs less than repairs, so it's the fiscally responsible thing to do to attract customers, right? Well, customers come for a while, but they start getting sick from the food. They complain about a weird smell. One guy even puts his foot through the floor. Needless to say, business doesn't pick up for long.
For the past few decades, Colorado has opted for a new coat of paint. Our population has been growing steadily, but we haven’t had the resources to make sure our public services can keep up with demand. Old highways have deteriorated, but repairing them comes with a hefty price tag.
No. To keep our economy functioning, we will always need public services. But the longer we procrastinate, the more expensive it will be to repair what we could address today.
Think about it this way: Would you rather pay to fix one pipe in your home now, or pay to repipe your whole house in a year? Fixing the pipe might be expensive in the short term, but it's cheaper than leaving the problem unaddressed.
Whether we invest in our public services or not, our families, communities, and businesses will continue to depend on them. The answer isn’t to ignore the shortcomings in our state. It’s to fix them.
Ultimately, taxes are the lifeblood of our entire state’s economy. Without them, our families couldn’t receive crucial assistance, our communities wouldn’t be safe, and our businesses wouldn’t be able to attract customers.
If we’re proud of our gorgeous forests and plains, if we’re proud of our small businesses, if we’re proud of our hard working families, we should also be proud of our role in making these things possible. Regardless of our individual contributions as Coloradans, we all have one thing in common: we pay the taxes that make Colorado run.
This tax season, let’s consider what our tax dollars actually mean for our state: better roads, safer communities, a cleaner environment, and so much more. Taxes aren’t a punishment, nor are they a chore. They’re the part we all play in making the State of Colorado a place we can call home.
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