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It's sad that you printed Littleton Mayor Bruce Beckman's quote on the front page (Aug. 10) regarding Littleton's upcoming TABOR election. Beckman's justification for not voting in favor of adjusting Littleton's budget base from 2006 to 2016 ("it's so confusing that we need an attorney...to figure it out...") was absurd.
The real reason Beckman and his council colleagues needed to consult the city attorney was because of Councilmember Doug Clark's bad habit of proposing last-minute language changes to materials approved in advance by the attorney. The whole mess prompted Councilmember Bill Hopping to ask if they were crafting language "on the fly." Yes, there was confusion in the council meeting - but it should be blamed on Clark, not on TABOR.
The TABOR questions are important to the future of our city and its ability to shore up roads and other aging infrastructure, as voters in almost every other metro city have done.
It is unfortunate that these actions and statements will cast a cloud over these important ballot questions. A compelling act of unity from this fractured city council is what was needed.
Patricia Cronenberger (former mayor and city councilmember)
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