Letter: Mobile home park legislation and TABOR

Posted 4/15/22

I read the front-page article (“Mobile home park legislation moves forward,” Golden Transcript, March 31, 2022) regarding the proposed legislation sponsored solely by Democratic representatives setting limits on the rental rate increases for mobile home park residents.

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Letter: Mobile home park legislation and TABOR

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I read the front-page article (“Mobile home park legislation moves forward,” Golden Transcript, March 31, 2022) regarding the proposed legislation sponsored solely by Democratic representatives setting limits on the rental rate increases for mobile home park residents. I agree that rapid increases in rental rates are a problem for mobile home park residents, and they need some level of protection against predatory park operators. In addition, the issue of affordable housing in the Golden area in particular is a major concern, as housing prices continue to climb at a rapid pace for everyone.

I couldn’t help but notice the striking parallel between the Democratic legislature’s efforts to attempt to tie rental rate increase to an inflation index and the nearly identical logic used by conservatives to support the TABOR amendment – an amendment designed to tie the growth in State tax revenue with population growth and the rate of inflation.

The Democrats have been very vocal critics of the TABOR Amendment, and repeatedly try to circumvent it. Why can’t the citizens of Colorado have the same protections from an over-reaching government that mobile home park residents have from an over-reaching mobile home park operator? TABOR provides the same protections to the citizens of Colorado that the Democrat’s HB 22-1287 is intended to provide mobile home park residents.

Barry J. Stamp, Golden

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