by Wish you were here…Oh yeah, you probably were!
Dateline: Sunday, January 31st 2016 – Vail’s Gondola One
It was EPIC all right, Epic Lift Lines – There’s nothing like an excellent Powder Day to bring Skier out (from everywhere) to enjoy the fresh snow. Hard to believe a few hours before this – it was actually Raining on the Valley Floor. For those who got up first – it was a great day to remember!
by Clayton Moore and the fans of Sgt. Joe Friday
Just the Facts Ma’am…
Last week the Issue of adequate EC Public School fund reappeared in a Headline…
Here is what – you were not told in that Article!
DATELINE: Eagle County Public School District – Board Meeting (minutes) July 8th 2015
From Page 3 of 5 from the July 8th 2015 – Minutes: ECSD Superintendent – Dr. Jason Glass commenting to our Elected School Board members about the Financial Condtion of our Eagle County School District….
Dr. Glass: Our EC School District in “solid financial shape”!
For ECT readers concerned the ECT has taken Dr. Glass’s comments (out of context?) (Click Here) to download a PDF copy (5 pages) of that entire July 8th Meetings minutes. (Click Here) to read Randy Wyrick’s complete Fishwrap headline and story from last week – 2 page PDF.
More Interesting Financial Facts from our Eagle County Assessor’s Office and EC Treasurer’s Office.
FACT: At the time Dr. Glass made his July 2015 – public comments – the EC Treasurer’s and Assessor office (had not yet) released their Public Financial numbers for HOW MUCH ADDITIONAL Eagle County Property Taxes will be collected in Eagle County in 2016.
RECALL: That the majority of our Property Taxes collected goes into Colorado’s Public School System.
The additional amount (2015 vs. 2016) of Property Taxes – due to be collected in Eagle County 2016 (per the Treasurer and Assessor from last week)
2015 – $164,856,930.00
2016 – $183,996,415.00
Increase in Eagle County Property Taxes (to be collected in 2016): $19,139,485.00
Agreed: Some (most) but not all of that addtional $19 Million will go into Colorado’s Public School System.
So the question to Eagle County (2016) Taxpayers is: If our EC School District is in “solid financial shape” and there is a reasonable expectation that our School Distict will recieve additional (2016) funding from our higher Property Taxes…then why is our School District (insisting?) they need (Millions more?) in the form of a potential new Bond Issue, secured by even Higher Eagle County Property Taxes?
by Clayton Moore
Last Week – our current Eagle County Clerk and Recorder (Teak Simonton) officially announced that she is going to run to be our next elected (Nov. 2016) Eagle County Treasurer.
According to Teak’s Press Release (Click Here) Teak has served as our Eagle County Clerk and Recorder (elected) for the past 11 years.
ECT figures Teak is ready for a change. Instead of “counting our votes” it now seems Teak would rather “count our money”. (just kidding Teak)
ECT can 100% vouch for Teak’s work as an “unbiased”, “non-partisan” Public Servant that makes sure all (election candidates, vehicle operators and property owners…etc) follow the Colorado State Laws and Rules when it comes to our Property, Elections and State Licenses her office oversees for Eagle County, Colorado.
Teak is a 100% “straight shooter” and election Rule follower. Teak knows the election Rules and Laws and asks that friends and “election well wishers” not contact her (work number) nor use her (work email address) – if you intend to talk to Teak about HER election! As always, any Eagle County related business or County questions – Teak is available at her County (work phone number or via her County email address). If it’s Teak’s Election Related issues or her personal campaign questions you can reach Teak at her personal private Email address at (TeakForTreasurer—at—GMail.com).
ECT can vouch for the fact that Teak does not operate her own, private email server…
Meanwhile…in the Eagle County’s Treasurer’s office…”acting” Eagle County Treasurer – Mari Renzelman has taken over as our EC Treasurer for (just retired Jan. 2016) Karen Sheaffer. As of this writing (30JAN2016) ECT has not been contact by Ms. Renzelman as to (any plans?) she may have for running for (elected) Eagle County Treasurer this November 2016.
by the fans of Rod Serling
Imagine if you will…
Attending a Community Meeting in your neighborhood – inside your only and currently unmanned (7×24) Fire Station.
Then your Fire Chief (Karl Bauer) explains to the assembled Property Owners – that if they agree to Millions More in additional Property Taxes – in this May 2016 special Fire District election – the Chief tells you – his plan is to close and possibly (sell?) what was once your neighborhood Fire Station. HUH?
Yes, that’s exactly what the Eagle River Fire Protection District’s Proposal was to these Avon folks in the (above) photo. Incredibly, Avon Taxpayers are being asked to pay “TWICE” – since Avon is included inside the Fire District! Say what?
Avon Taxpayers are being asked to pay “Twice” for what? (two different May 2016 Ballot questions). In order to make Chief Bauer’s plan complete – Avon Taxpayers must agree to accept Millions more in (ADDITIONAL) long term AVON DEBT – to pay for the proposed new Avon Police Station in addition to the Chief’s new Fire Station since both have been designed as a “JOINT” fire-police) facility. Photo below. No firm COST numbers have been presented to Fire District and Avon Taxpayers as of this writing – 31JAN2016. Some folks are telling the ECT that the total proposed new Debt (Avon Police + Fire District) could be in the $20-$30Million Dollar range of new Debt and never ending Taxes…Stay Tuned.
by Who’s on First?
Back in 2014 when the Wyndham opened in a Town most people call “Avon” – the Wyndham was advertising itself as “Wyndham Beaver Creek” even though the Wyndham’s main entrance was just off West Benchmark Road in Avon…at least 1/2 mile from the gated entrance to Beaver Creek.
Today – January 2016 – it seems the Wyndham’s sign has been updated! The same old Wyndham has now been (upgraded?) to a “Resort at Avon” it would seem…
Now all we have to do…is have someone “tell the Internet” It’s been (moved?) back to Avon????… per below screen shot from Monday, January 25th 2016.
Who’s is on first? Indeed. ECT folks willing to bet…some folks in charge of “branding” at the Beaver Creek Resort Company – were none to happy with the Wyndham’s earlier struggle with Geography and perhaps even using a GPS…
by a diversified Photo Portfolio
West, East Coast and South – Here are the ECT photos that made this January 23rd 2016 weekend different from all other weekends…so far.
The Sailing Capital of the Chesapeake Bay – Annapolis, Maryland – Saturday, Jan 23 2016
Meanwhile – Moon rise over the Sea of Cortez – January 23rd 2016
Go Ahead – guess which photo the ECT likes the best!