13 February 2007

Partial Victory For Doug Bruce

Doug Bruce, who brought us TABOR, sued the Pikes Peak Library District, for TABOR violations.

At trial all his claims were dismissed. On appeal, the Colorado Court of Appeals held that most of his claims were without merit, but that the District has to refund $8,430 of revenues that it received in one year, over those forecast, receiving to taxpayers. This is about 1.6 cents per person who lives in the District. The District serves about half a million people and had a 2006 budget of roughly $2.85 million.

Thus, any savings Bruce's suit may have secured for taxpayers was likely overshadowed by the legal fees involved that deprived county residents of services. Thanks Doug!

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