PPRTA tax extension passes: Will fund future transportation projects in county

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Voters in El Paso County gave their approval to extend a tax for 10 more years that helps pay for bridges and roads.

Eighty percent of voters were in favor of extending the sales and use tax that funds the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority capital program which will begin in 2015 and sunset in 2024. The current tax was approved by voters in 2004 and will sunset on Dec. 31, 2014.

With the extension citizens will continue to pay 0.55 percent (fifty-five one hundredths of one penny per dollar) and the county will be able to fund major transportation projects.

Some of those projects are considered Priority A projects and are located in unincorporated El Paso County located in the Tri-Lakes area. Beacon Lite Road between County Line Road and Colo. 105, Monument Hill Road between County Line Road and Woodmoor Drive, Colo. 105 between Interstate 25 and Colo. 83 and Base Camp and Deer Creek Road and Emigrant Trail located near Monument Hill Road.

PPRTA includes El Paso County, Colorado Springs, Green Mountain Falls, Manitou Springs and Ramah. Monument and Palmer Lake are not members of PPRTA.