Robinson announces plan to help seniors
By Tim Merris
Dan Robinson, the democrat candidate for House District 55 announced a proposal to help senior citizens with their property taxes. Robinson stated that the current Senior Homestead Exemption is in need of adjustments.
The exemption as it is written now, reduces property taxes by 50 percent for those over 65 years of age and have lived in their home for at least 10 years or more. However, if the resident moves they become ineligible for the benefit.
Robinson said that if elected he will work to make sure the exemption follows the senior to their next home. He went on to say that his plan would benefit the person that has spent ten years paying taxes on a property and it benefits a population group that deserves the benefit.
Retired republican businessman, Levi Lucero who attended the press conference with Robinson said “It doesn’t make any sense for a person that has earned the privilege for this tax exemption to lose those provileges just because he or she is in the need to buy another house.”
In discussing his plan Robinson said, “We’ve got to look at good ideas that benefit all of us and stop this nonsense of gridlock of who comes up with the good idea. I don’t care if it’s a good idea, let’s embrace it and move on with it, benefit everybody and get over this partisanship.”
Robinson also expressed a desire to push for senior seminars to be held at Colorado Mesa University that would benefit the “baby boomers” as well as generate revenue for the university.
Robinson attended Western State College and later earned his law degree at the University of Connecticut. Dan and his wife Gigi spent three years in the Peace Corps. Dan recalls “it was hard work, but we grew up quickly in the Peace Corps, and Gigi and I will never take for granted the blessings we have as Americans.”
Robinson was elected to the District 51 School Board for two terms, and has received appointments from four Colorado Governors to state boards and commissions. He served as the Director, Grand Mesa Youth Services Center, Colorado Division of Youth Corrections from 1989 to 2008, and as Deputy District Attorney in Grand Junction from 1985 to 1989. He was a founder and five year director of Mesa County Partners.