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Amendment 68 Promises Money for Colorado Schools; Opponents Ask at What Cost

PHOTO: Expanding the Arapahoe Park gaming horse track to include gambling in Arapahoe County could impact existing casino towns like Central City. Photo courtesy: Central City, Colorado.
PHOTO: Expanding the Arapahoe Park gaming horse track to include gambling in Arapahoe County could impact existing casino towns like Central City. Photo courtesy: Central City, Colorado.
October 9, 2014

AURORA, Colo. - Budgets are tight for Colorado schools, and Amendment 68 promises to raise up to $100 million through a K-12 Education Fund.

On the ballot in next month's midterm election, Amendment 68 would raise the funds by expanding gambling in Arapahoe, Mesa and Pueblo counties, but many in those counties and around the state are not in in favor of the Amendment.

Michele Ames, spokesperson for the No on 68 campaign, says it's important to pay attention to the language regarding the money the Amendment would raise for education.

"This $100 million number is only an estimate, not a guarantee," she says. "That's less than one percent of the total amount of money it costs to fund our public school system here in Colorado on an annual basis."

The political action committee behind the initiative, "Coloradans For Better Schools," is registered as the issue committee in favor of the Amendment. Public finance data indicates the PAC is primarily funded by Mile High USA, a subsidiary of a Rhode Island-based casino.

Supporters of the amendment argue the money is needed to help reduce class sizes and improve public education in Colorado. The No on 68 campaign is backed by the PAC "Don't Turn Racetracks into Casinos," which is largely funded by Colorado's existing casino operators.

Because of language in Amendment 68, the Arapahoe Park gaming horse track would initially be the only track that could qualify for a gambling expansion. Ames says a larger casino on the edge of Denver could hurt existing casinos at Central City, Cripple Creek and Black Hawk.

"If someone were to put a casino where they're talking about now, with Amendment 68, right in Arapahoe County, just on the edge of the Denver metro area, those three towns would die," says Ames.

Public revenue from existing casinos is being used to pay off bonds used to build the History Colorado Center and Museum. If those revenues decrease, Ames warns taxpayers may have to pick up the remaining loan payments.

If the Arapahoe Park gaming horse track was allowed to expand, the city of Aurora estimates it would cost $63 million in road improvements to accommodate the larger facility.

Stephanie Carson, Public News Service - CO