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Colorado Dealer Joins Tax Hike Opposition

August 22, 2008

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Used-car dealer Kamel Elwazeir has joined more than 200 other El Paso County business owners in opposing a measure that would increase the county's sales tax rate by 1 percent, according to an article in the Colorado Springs Gazette.

"I think it's not going to help business," he said. "I would rather have the local government do something to help people spend money, like a break on taxes."

Elwazeir owns Colorado Auto Traders and recently opened a restaurant in downtown Colorado Springs.

"If I sell a sandwich for five bucks, people are not going to look at a five cent increase," he said. "But if I sell a $10,000 car, that's going to hurt."

County officials were expected to decide whether to put the measure on a November ballot this week. The full text of the Gazette article can be found here.

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