Old Glory – Back and Flying Again!

by   a very proud Jimmy Olsen – photography

Dateline:  Sunday, August 24th 2014

Old Glory is back up and flying again in Eagle County’s Mid-Valley.

OK – our chosen photo is a bit dated…however the lack of Wind and unseasonable August weather – did not give the ECT folks a good photo op – this past weekend!

The Bull Wheel (read: pulley) at the top of the Flag Pole has been replaced – and Old Glory was raised again…this at a cost to Avon developer Traer Creek of about 1/2 of what Avon’s new logo cost Avon Taxpayers (~$20,000.00 – and it’s true).  Local Contractors and a very tall crane were needed to complete the Flag Pole repair!

So – the next time you drive by the Wal~Mart and Home Depot on I-70 – take a look South over Eagle-Vail and ENJOY!

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Avon’s Proposed – $18.4 Million in New Taxes!!!!!

by   Clayton Moore

It’s True.

The current Avon Town Council – wants the Avon Taxpayers to PAY a (proposed) $18.4 Million Dollars in NEW Avon Taxes!!!

Here is what their Proposed Town of Avon November 2014 Ballot language looks like – as of Friday, August 22nd 2014.  This proposed Ballot Language must be approved by Avon’s Town Council before it goes on the Ballot.

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FACT:  Town of Avon voters – Turned DOWN this same Ballot Issue for more taxes for a  (Avon Rec Center Expansion) last year in November 2013.

FACT:  The Town of Avon current Property Tax Mill Levy is 12.258 Mills.  Only the Public School Levy is higher than Avon’s – for Avon Taxpayers.  If no new Property Taxes are imposed in Avon – the Avon Mill Levy will be reduced to 8.956 Mills in 2017…after the existing Bond debt (for all the Avon Round-a-Bouts) is retired…per Town of Avon Finance Director –Scott Wright.

FACT:  Under their current $18.4 Million dollar Tax Increase proposal – much more of the existing Public Parking around the Avon Rec Center – will be eliminated!  Where are the Avon Taxpayers (who are expected to pay this New Tax) going to Park?  Avon Taxpayers will undoubtedly get worse parking during Ski Season!

FACT:  The Town of Avon (already gets) 2% of your Avon’s Property Value (RETT – Real Estate Transfer Tax) when you purchase real property in Avon.  They also get an additional 2% – when you go to sell your Avon Property.  What do you think an additional $18.4Million in new Avon Taxes – is going to do to the VALUE of your Avon Property – should it be approved by the voters this November 2014?

FACT:  This same Avon Town Council is responsible for also increasing the Sales Tax you pay at Avon’s Wal~Mart and Home Depot to a new total of (9.549%).  Your increase came as part of the lawsuit settlement they negotiated with Avon Developer Traer Creek.

Avon has the 2nd HIGHEST Real Estate Transfer Tax in Eagle County at 2%.  Only the homes in Beaver Creek at 2.375% (RETT) is higher!

Avon has one of the HIGHEST Sales Tax Rates (9.549%) (Wal~Mart & Home Depot) in Eagle County today!

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…and these current Avon Town Council members believe the best way to “make Avon better” is to impose an additional $18.4Million Dollars in new Avon Taxes!!!

This November 2014 – (4) new Avon Town Council Seats are up for election.  Isn’t it time to vote for some Avon candidates that are more interested in REDUCING your Taxes rather than increasing them?

 

National Weather Service – NOAA in the local News this week

by   the fans of Weather Radio WZ2518 – on top of Castle Peak, in Eagle, Colorado

Jim Pringle – of the National Weather Service in Grand Junction, Colorado contacted an Eagle County based, ECT contributor this week.

Jim is a ‘Warning Coordination Meteorologist’ based in Grand Junction and was instrumental in installing and testing of Eagle County’s own National Weather Service – Weather Radio – transmitting on 162.450Mhz from the top of Castle Peak in Eagle, Colorado.

Don’t have a Weather Radio?  No problem, you can still listen to that Weather Radio stream – via the Internet (Click Here)

SmartPhone users can also listen to that NOAA Weather Radio -anytime via the FREE “NOAA Radio” app – after downloading and installing just look for the ‘Eagle Weather Radio’ stream when you first configure it!

Of the (many+1) topics covered by Jim Pringle last week – Jim advised is that “since Eagle County is above the 90 degree east marker” – of his NEXRAD Radar (WSR-88D) Eagle County enjoys much more accurate Weather Radar picture of the current ‘Rain/Storm’ cells.  Below (actually >90 degrees east) the Radar doesn’t perform as well as NOAA would like.  1/2 of a degree of ‘skip’ off a few mountain peaks near the Crested Butte, Montrose Region of Colorado – is enough to challenge the performance/quality of the Radar images from that area!

(Screen Shot below from AM, Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 – Just before the start of the USA Pro Bicycle Challenge – time trials in Vail, Colorado)

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You can see the current NEXRAD WSR-88D Radar image by (Clicking Here) and scroll down to the bottom of that web page.

Side Note:  This WSR-88D Radar is located on the top of the Grand Mesa (10,000 ft.) in Grand Junction, Colorado.  (Click Here) for the current webcam image from that Radar site!

WSR-88D =  Weather Surveillance Radar, 1988, Doppler

The EagleCountyTimes.com folks are happy to assist Jim and his NWS team in Grand Junction, Colorado on their stated mission of “Building a Weather-Ready Nation”.  For us here at the ECT – is all about improving Public Safety for everyone.

FREE! iPhone 5 Battery! Well maybe…

by  Eric

Dateline:  Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

It’s a well known technology fact – that the Battery Life of Apple’s iPhone 5, Stinks!

Well…Apple themselves has finally admitted to that fact – and has actually done something about that – for a few iPhone 5 owners…

Apple has officially announced some of you iPhone 5 owners may be eligible for a free battery upgrade.  (Click Here)

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All you have to do is put in your iPhone 5 Serial Number and press ‘Submit’.  You can find your iPhone 5 serial number here –   Settings, General, About and just scroll down to the field that says…’Serial Number’.  Simple enough – even an elected official should be able to handle that!   Good Luck!  Our iPhone 5 (with it’s poor battery) didn’t qualify.

Tip of the Week – Vehicle Registration Online

by  Clayton Moore

Time to double-check your (and your significant other’s) Colorado Vehicle Registration!  The always aggressive Cops around here are more than happy to write your Vehicle a ticket if your Registration is not current….you’ll end up with a big fine and still have to pay to register your Vehicle!

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The Easy Way!  The Vehicle Registration usually runs out at the end of the month.  You can renew your Colorado/Eagle County Registration online at –  http://www.colorado.gov/renewplates

It’s fast and easy – and you can save yourself the cost of a 1st Class Stamp – in the process.  Use your Credit Card and rack up a few more of those (frequent flyer miles?) too!  Just (Click On) the graphic above to get started.

Favorite Photo – Red Cliff Studio Tour

by  Jimmy Olsen   photography

Too Funny.  The ECT’s favorite photo from this past weekends “Red Cliff 2014 Studio Tour” is the photo of the sign – instructing Jimmy Olsen of the ECT – not to take any photos!

Special thanks to the Norris – Lamont Gallery in Red Cliff for the outdoor back drop behind their sign.  Perhaps next year the ECT folks will just shoot a Video instead.  No signs about Videos…did we see!  Nor bad grammar, either!

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All Gone on the Gore?  Mid-August 2014 – Our Gore Range waits for its first new Snow of the 2014-2015 Ski Season

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Just a little different than the Gore looked last March – 2014

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How they’re – Cheating Local Taxpayers

by  Clayton Moore

OK – The ECT will explain – just exactly how they intend to do it.

What the current Avon Town Councils wants…

A new “open-air” type Music Pavilion, located near Nottingham Lake in Avon.

For the time being…never mind that there is no reasonable/sufficient public parking (in Avon) for future concert goers…and also please ignore this same Council has wasted Millions of Taxpayer funds – on their lawsuit (just ended) with Avon developer – Traer Creek.

Problem for Avon Town Council:  How to PAY for this proposed new concert Pavilion.

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Taxpayers vs. Certificates of Participation

The Fair Approach:  If the current Avon Town Council were “playing fair” the Council members would respect TABOR and put the question of Financing a new Town of Avon Bond on the November 2014, Ballot – in order to pay for this proposed new Pavilion.  They’re not doing that.

The Cheating Approach:  The current Avon Council instead wants to use a “financing vehicle” called “Certificates of Participation” that is expressly designed to “side-step” and remove the restrictions of TABOR – TABOR of course requiring a VOTE from the Taxpayers who will be forced to pay for the new Bond that finances the proposed multi-million dollar Pavilion.

C.o.P. Financing:  In short, is a series of “one year loans” that is required to pay the debt service on the new Bond that pays for this Pavilion.  Each year the Avon Council is required to approve that year(s) payment during their annual budget approval process.  Note:  This current Avon Council is requiring (read: legally obligating) future Town Councils – to approve payment into this debt – until the Bond is retired.Rogers-Comments-Avon-12AUG2014-16MAY2014  If future Avon Councils don’t – their Bond will default.

From Town of Avon Finance Manager (and assistant Town Manger) – Scott Wright.  W 970.748.4055 – SWright@Avon-dot-org

Currently Proposed C.o.P. terms (subject to change from this date – 17AUG2014)

C.o.P Term:  ~10-15 years

C.o.P. Bond Secured by:  Avon’s current RETT (Real Estate Transfer Tax – 2% in Avon today)

Total Loan amount:  ~$2,000,00.00 at ~3% Interest

The Politics of it? –  Recall (4) Avon Town Council Seats are up this November 2014.  (2) of those 4 seats are being vacated by – Term Limited Avon Council members.

A reasonable question:  Why won’t these Avon Council members put the question of financing the proposed Music Pavilion on the November 2014 Ballot so Avon Taxpayers can vote on it?

Interesting Note:    That small paragraph/insert above?   Written by none other than “Editor half the story” – Don Rogers – in his paper – May 15th 2014.  Point is, while responsibility to be informed rests with the individual Taxpayer – it is also the job of the local media – to inform the Taxpayers of the Public Record information that effects “their daily lives”.  This just one more example of the disdain the ECT has for the so called “reporting” in Roger’s – Daily Fishwrap newspaper.  He and his reporters simply won’t tell folks what is really happening in their own Town(s) –yet is happy to insult them, just the same.  Go ahead Don – just click on the insert paragraph above.

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