From the Street

Vail’s Town Council Election – this Tuesday, November 3rd 2015

ECT knows something about Recycling – however Vail’s (been there years before) Town  Council “Recycled Candidates” – isn’t what the ECT has in mind.

Kevin-FoleyOf the (3) trying to be Recycled – former Council members trying to return – after years off the Council Kevin Foley (photo) is by far the most attractive.  Unlike Kevin’s opponent – (Ludi Kurtz) Kevin doesn’t have a long standing financial relationship with – Vail Resorts.  Kevin hangs around Town a lot and is much more likely to listen TO YOU than have him lecture you on what your Town Council is proposing.

Recycled Candidate (former Mayor – Dick Cleveland) well…the ECT still has not forgiven Dick for his very vocal part in helping pass Vail legislation – outlawing “Plastic Bags” at the City Market and Safeway in Vail.

ECT says – stop messing with our LIBERTY – Dick Cleveland – it’s up to the individual to decide for him/herself what kind of Grocery Bag we should use.  Not you.  If you want to encourage ECO-Behavior, go ahead – just don’t mandate and legislate it.

Kevin Foley is a winner.  From there the ECT will encourage Vail Voters to support “new-blood” on their Town Council – and let them make their own decisions….without all the Recycling.


Election Pie – School District Style

by  Clayton Moore

You won’t find this Pie on the Eagle County School District – Lunch Menu.

Arguably, this Pie shows just how little of the Public School District’s Annual Budget – can be influenced by our Elected School District Board.

School District’s 2016 Budget (the big picture)


Consider:  Eagle County School District’s   Salaries + Benefits + Debt Service on the ($128 Million Dollar ECSD Bond Debt) = 80% of our District’s Annual Budget!!!

Now add to that (fixed?) Annual (operational costs) i.e.  School Bus/Transportation/Telecommunications/Utilities and School Lunches…and your can very quickly see our School District’s elected School Board – does not have much of a Budget – they have any real Educational discretion on.

63% of the District Budget goes to Salaries and Benefits – yet some insist our Teachers are Underpaid.  Do you (EC Taxpayer) have a Pension – and work (~9) months of the year?

Our Eagle County (resort neighborhoods – Beaver Creek, Cordillera, Bachelor Gulch     et al) for the most part – don’t burden our Public School District with a plethora of children in our Schools.  Yet they do pay Property Taxes – the bulk of which ends up in our School District’s coffers.

One wonders how Communities in other parts of the United States (without Million Dollar Resort Real Estate) adequately fund their Public Schools.

Our Eagle County Public School “mill levy” is voted on in December each year per (Colorado State Statute) our current mill levy is (21.517) and (ECT believes) has very little chance of being adjusted (lower) because of Eagle County’s (recently assessed) and now HIGHER Property Values.

You new elected School Board (post our November 3rd) election will be making that Mill Levy adjustment a few weeks from today.

It was very disappointing at the ECSD Candidates Forum – this question about Mill Levy’s was never asked…yet this effects every single Property Owner in our School District.

Eagle County, CO. Ranked #1

by    what the Fishwrap wont tell you!

According to Market Watch’s report on October 10th 2015…Eagle County, Colorado is Ranked #1 in the Nation.


When you read Market Watch’s report – they did not take into account – THE FACT that Eagle County, Colorado also pays the Highest Health Insurance Rates in our Nation.  (Click Here).  But don’t blame – Beaver Creek.  The folks that serve on the Avon Town Council – have orchestrated a Town of Avon (Sales Tax 9.549%) that is now HIGHER than Beaver Creek’s and is now being charged at Avon’s Wal~Mart and Home Depot.  In fact everywhere on Avon Developer (Traer Creek’s land) because of how Avon settled their (years long) lawsuit with Developer Traer Creek!


Your Taxes still NOT High Enough?

Don’t worry – if you’re an Eagle Vail Property Owner – you’ll be given the chance to raise your Property Taxes even higher (for a 30 year Bond Issue) with this November 2015’s Ballot question called 5A!

One more Eagle County FACT and Tax Due- Point!

This January 2016 your Property Taxes are GOING UP – no matter what you do, or how you may vote.

The Eagle County Assessor office (Mark Chapin) has already increased your home’s Property Valuation in 2015.  The associated Mill Levy’s will be voted on this December 2015 (per Colorado State Statue).  These new Mill Levy Rates will then be handed to the Eagle County Treasures office (Treasurer Karen Sheaffer – retiring in 2016) – then you and your Mortgage company will receive your new and HIGHER Property Tax bill, this January 2016.  Something else to consider when paying your Health Insurance Premium next month.

To Read Market Watch’s complete report – Click Here.

For a look at the Eagle County “Composite Ballot” for 3NOV2015 – (Click Here)

Contact: Teak Simonton, Clerk & Recorder, 970-328-8715 or

Oct. 1, 2015 – The Eagle County Clerk & Recorder is reminding voters of the following important election dates:

  • Oct. 14 – 16 – Ballots mailed to all active registered voters.
  • Oct. 26 – Nov. 2 – Voter Service and Polling Centers open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at all three Clerk & Recorder’s office locations.
  • Oct. 31 – Voter Service and Polling Centers open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at all three Clerk & Recorder’s office locations.
  • Oct. 26 – Deadline for requesting a ballot be mailed.
  • Nov. 3 – Election Day. All ballots must be received by the Clerk & Recorder; postmarks do not count. Voter Service and Polling Centers open 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. at all three Clerk & Recorder’s office locations.

A most Demanding Task

by   the fans of Public School Education

Re:  The online video of the Eagle County School District – Candidates forum.

Thanks to local Cable TV Channel 5 (Director – JK Perry) you too can watch the Candidates form from last week (6OCT2015)

                                                                 (Click Here)

It’s about 87 Minutes long…

Our ECT Report –

Hands Down – the best Candidate, most Articulate, most Thoughtful of all the Candidates – is Mary Cotton.  She has our Vote and Full Throated support for her Campaign.  Mary’s well articulated Balance between the Districts needs and what local Taxpayers can reasonably provide impressed us.  Mary’s points – Parental involvement, Leadership, and well developed listening Skills – and a clear idea of what the role of the School Board has impressed the ECT very much.


Candidates on TABOR…(most are very confused)

FACT:  TABOR is “the legal process” by which Colorado Taxpayers are asked (via a Vote in November) to approve or not approve a Ballot Question about Raising Taxes.

STUNNING:  The Candidates that don’t understand this, can’t articulate this, and areEC-School-District-Candidates blaming TABOR for (what they believe) is a lack of Funding for Public Schools.

FACT:  TABOR does not prevent any Colorado Taxing Authority from asking for a Tax Increase on any November election ballot!

Candidate Tessa Kirchner video time (57:55) “TABOR is the Death Star”.  Ms. Kirchner would obviously prefer a system where (she) could unilaterally Raise your Property Taxes any time that she felt – it was necessary.  It does’nt get much better with her District A opponent who is…

Ryan C. Geller:   (45:30) Wants to get more Taxes for Eagle County Education by (59:10) Taxing Eagle County’s Tourists.  Ryan’s ideas include a proposed $2.00 Tax on all Ski Lift Tickets sold in Eagle County –AND- an additional Lodging Fee on these same Tourists.  Great.  No doubt Mr. Geller will be receiving plenty of support from Eagle County’s Hospitality/Tourist based businesses.

Candidate Carolyn Knox Keep:  Said she wants to Raise Taxes to finance a new School Bond.  Ms. Keep did not articulate if that was for a new (School Building) or to pay Teachers a higher Salary.  Vote for her opponent – Mary Cotton.

Candidate Felicia Battle:  (55:40)  “TABOR is the Devil”.  When the ECT heard that at (55:40) into the Candidate Forum, ECT decided Ms. Battle had met her “Waterloo”.

Ms. Battle’s opponent in District D….

Candidate Rober Ticer:  (56:49) …wanted to make sure that Tax Payers “know where their money is going”.  Ticer is the current Police Chief in Avon.

Candidate Kevin Kottenstette:  Is a former Teacher himself and has a son who is a current Eagle County Teacher.  Kevin made it abundantly clear he does not like Colorado’s vote on legalizing Marijuana and feels our young student should not be exposed to this drug.   Kevin has the ECT’s endorsement and support in District E.

ECT’s Endorsements:

District A –  (is a write in candidate still possible?)

District C –  (hands down) Mary Cotton

District D – (current Avon Police Chief) Robert Ticer

District E – (former teacher) Kevin Kottenstette

Getting their – Heads on Straight – 2015

Discovered in the Adopted 2015 EC School District Budget (Page 10)


Now this is “who they are” – now that the Heads are in sync with their Names below.

The ECT folks are happy to help our Public School Board – get their Heads on Straight!

PS – Nice dress there, Patrick!


Interested folks can watch the Eagle County School District “Candidate Form” that was held  last week by (Clicking Here).  Thanks to the online Video Wizardry of our TV Channel 5.  Times noted in the online Video below

Candidate “Carolyn Knox Keep” made it (44:12) clear she wants to Raise everyone’s Taxes.  Ms. Knox Keep – did not seem to understand that if our current School Board leaves their existing Mill Levy (unchanged) our Public School District will (automatically) receive much more money next year.


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