Listen to Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce President Kelly Brough…

Worn out roads and bridges in Colorado cost businesses time and money, according to the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. So it plans to lead a campaign to raise the sales tax to pay for transportation infrastructure improvements.

Tax increases in Colorado require voter approval, and Chamber President Kelly Brough tells Colorado Matters her group aims to put a tax measure on the ballot in 2018. She does not yet know how big of an increase they will ask for.

The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates each Coloradan spends an extra $287 a year on average on repairs and operating costs due to driving on roads that need to be fixed. But while there’s broad agreement in Colorado that more money should be put towards transportation infrastructure, there isn’t agreement on whether that requires a tax increase.

A state legislature committee decided not to refer a tax measure to voters this past spring, and the Chamber’s proposal may compete with another proposed ballot measure that would force lawmakers to take money from other state programs to put it towards transportation.

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