Avon’s 2nd Multi-Million dollar Fiscal Fiasco

by  Clayton Moore

How much worse can it get?

Dateline:  Monday, September 21st 2014

FACT:  Avon’s Mayor doesn’t want you Avon Taxpayers to vote on this.  He’s demanding instead that you to PAY Millions more in Real Estate Transfer Taxes!

How does he and the other current Avon Councilmembers plan to do this?

Here’s How:  Via and through the Avon Town manager (Virginia Egger) he issues his instructions to the Town Finance Manager (Scott Wright) – to engage a Bond Council (Butler-Snow) for the purpose of getting “Certificates of Participation” that obligates Avon Property Owners – to millions more in long term debt!


Coming right on the heels of his Council’s $2 Million dollar cost overrun for his Music Pavillion…this Mayor wants to issue an additional $5.7 Million in “certificates of participation for a new Avon Town Hall on TOP OF the $3.8 Million, “certificates of participation” for the Music Pavilion!

Remember using these CoP’s side step TABOR (you don’t get to vote on spending the funds) and requires the Avon Taxpayer to pay $9.5 Million (assuming no additional cost overruns) in the years to come!

Avon Homeowners (all Avon property owners)  are already saddled with a 2% (RETT – Real Estate Transfer Tax) on their property, which is higher than Edwards (Singletree & Homestead) and higher than Eagle Vail’s as well. What do you think will happen to your Avon property value – should this additional $9.5 million dollar (debt) be issued?

What can Avon Taxpayers do about this?

Answer:  Show up at the next Avon Town Council meeting (Tuesday, September 23rd 2014) Avon Town Hall – 5:00PM.  Public Comment scheduled for 5:15PM that evening.  Feel free to bring your torches and pitch forks!


What? My Campaign Party is, Illegal?

by  Clayton Moore

Stupid-Candidate-2Say What?  My Campaign Pot party is Illegal?

Yes, your proposed Campaign Party is illegal, and that is why it was just Cancelled in Vail this past weekend.

The Libertarian Candidate for Colorado’s Senate (District 5 includes Eagle County) had scheduled a fund raising “Pot themed Campaign dinner” in Vail (Sonnenapls’s Garmisch-Munich room) this past weekend.  (Click Here)

Oooops.  Turns out…that’s illegal, especially in Vail.  You can’t hold a public campaign fundraiser and distribute Pot/THC laced “food” – and call it a “Food and Wine Fine Dining Cannabis Exploration” for the obvious purpose of raising funds for your campaign.

What Mr. Mulcahy does in his private Colorado home – with interested friends…is a completely different (and legal) matter, now isn’t it?

ECT Campaign Tip:  We all know where (most) Libertarian candidates stand on the issue of “drug use”.  ECT just thinks it would be a good idea for any future (Colorado State Legislator?) to become more familiar with the Colorado drug laws currently on the books…Our friends over at the Sonnenalp in Vail might want to consider that as well.

One wonders if Mr. Mulcahy even knows…that both Eagle and Pitkin County’s (both in Colorado’s Senate District 5) have the HIGHEST Health Insurance costs in the Nation.

His solution?  Just have some of my special “gourmet cookies” – then you won’t mind as much, paying so much?

Yep, Mr. Mulcahy is the undisputed winner of the Alfred E. Newman campaign award this week!


Art in Public Places?

by     Jimmy Olsen Photography and the Fans of Mason Torrey

At Last!  Finally something new in Avon – that doesn’t have a Brass plaque on it – that says “Hoffmann Commercial Real Estate”!

Super Artist Mason Torry – (click on his name) has completed his Artwork in the middle of Avon.  Mason’s Murals can be seen on the front of the Sports Authority building next to the spot where Office Depot use to be – just west of the Avon City Market.  For some fun when you stop by the Murals in person and challenge your young ones – see if they can find the FISH in the Stream that Mason painted below.  ECT found ‘em and it took a bit of looking!


Meanwhile – Back in Vail – OktoberFest in the Vail Village had a nice Sunny and Warm late Summer afternoon to enjoy the Festivities!

A Fresh Idea – For Eagle County

by    Clayton Moore

Here’s ECT big new IDEA!

Goal:  Reduce the Cost of Eagle County’s Health Insurance from HIGHEST Heath Insurance Costs in the Nation!

How?  Increase competition for the Vail Hospital and the Vail Valley Medical Center – at large.  This will unquestionably lower what we all pay for our Health Insurance.

The Plan.  Take some of Eagle County’s existing and overabundant Taxpayer (paid for) “open space” land and make that County Property available as a ($1.00/yr.) Lease (25-50 years?) – to attract any (outside Eagle County) Medical entity willing to build (read: pay for) a new Medical Facility (example: ASC Ambulatory Surgery Center) –  in Eagle County, Colorado. 


The Deal?  Said new Medical entity leasing the County land would also have to agree to an annual Medical Cost (County) Audit where their “fee for medical service” could be no more (on average) than say…30-35% more than what Metro Denver Medical Facilities charge.  Eagle County does not control what they can charge – only the price “range” they operate in.  This (somewhat) like how Medicare (pays) today…The new operator will be encouraged to “make a profit” – however discouraged/prevented from charging 3-5 times as much as Denver Medical Rates – which is exactly what the Vail Hospital/VVMC is doing (in too many Medical cases) today.  The annual (audit) would be no more invasive than what a normal hospital endures – from Government Medicare audits today.  Got it?

Said Operator still makes a reasonable profit – and the cost of new Eagle County Medical Facilities (Utilities – electric, water…etc.) could be negotiated in as part of the deal as well.

Go Ahead.  Tweak our Numbers, adjust the deal/offer – however – remember the GOAL is to introduce Medical Competition into what every Taxpayer in Eagle County – pays for his/her Health Insurance.  Remember, County Open Space Land is paid for by us Taxpayers today.  Let’s put some of that land to good use – to the benefit of all!

If a suitable County Open Space land parcel is not available today – then the next “open space purchase” should be targeted…at say….mid-valley at Avon/Traer Creek’s land – near the Wal~Mart’s I-70 exit.

Don’t tell the ECT – it can’t be done.  With effective elected leadership – it can be done and perhaps become a medical model for other Communities trying to lower their Health Insurance Costs as well!

Tab’s Town–Avon prepares for Election 2014

by the Fans of Good Governance

He’s Big, He’s Bold and drives his Harley around Town!

Avon Town Council Candidate – Tab Bonidy got his campaign off to big public start this past week in Avon!  Tab’s campaign sign can been seen from the North most Round-A-Bout in Avon – it’s BIG!

ECT likes candidates that are “quick out of the starting blocks” and wastes no time announcing his campaign publically.  With (10) Avon candidate names on the November 2014 Ballot (Click Here) – the ECT believes it’s important to campaign early.


This week the ECT also spoke to Avon candidate(s) Angelo Loria (Avon’s A-Team) is Angelo’s campaign Moniker and Peter “Budget Hawk” Buckley.  Buckley said “every elected Board needs at least one “budget hawk”.

More soon as Avon’s election race between (10) candidates gets started.

Faces in the Crowd?

The Fishwrap’s Favorite – Tuesday, Columnist – Richard Carnes – found at the OktoberFest in Vail Village this past weekend!  Richard is rumored to have said….now that Ray Rice has a little time on his hands…with his indefinite suspension…Ray should visit Vail and spend some time in our “Charm School”.  Richard thought this a good idea and location – since Vail really doesn’t have that many elevators!!!



November 2014 – Eagle County Election News

by   Eagle County Clerk and Recorder – Teak Simonton

teak-simonton-13jun2013-1The Nov. 4 General Election is less than two months from now, and the Clerk’s Office I run, is busy preparing the ballot and testing the voting equipment.  This year’s ballot will ask voters to choose between candidates in federal races for the U.S. House and U.S. Senate.  Colorado Statewide races include Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Treasurer and Colorado House and Senate.  County offices up for election are Commissioner District 2, Commissioner District 3, Sheriff, Clerk & Recorder, Treasurer, Assessor, Surveyor and Coroner.  Town of Avon voters will choose four members to serve on their town council. The towns of Red Cliff and Basalt both have several questions. There will also be several statewide amendments and propositions.

To see what this November 2014 “composite” (all candidates & issues) Ballot reads like (Click Here)

This election will be a mail ballot election, and ballots will be mailed automatically to all registered active voters at their mailing address our office has on record.  If an alternate address should be used, please contact the Clerk & Recorder election department as soon as possible because by law, ballots cannot be forwarded. Ballots will be U.S. mailed starting on Wed. Oct. 15th 2014.

Before returning your ballot, don’t forget to sign the affidavit on the back of your ballot envelope.  If you don’t sign your Ballot it will NOT be counted!  Do not sign for anyone else under penalty of perjury. We compare every signature to our voter registration scanned images, and if our signature verifying judges decide that they do not match, a letter will be sent to you for further verification. We are compelled to report unresolved signature discrepancies to the District Attorney after the election, so if you get one of these letter be sure to respond according to the directions.

Voter Service and Polling Centers will be available starting on Oct. 16 in our three Eagle County Office locations: Eagle, El Jebel and Avon. These centers will offer disabled access electronic voting, voter registration services, replacement ballots and ballot drop off boxes through Election Day.  This year we will also offer a ballot drop box in Vail (Municipal Office Building) on Saturday, Nov. 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Monday, Nov. 3 during business hours and on Tuesday, Nov. 4, Election Day, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The official composite ballot, which includes all ballot races and issues, will be posted on our website by Sept. 17 and will be published in local papers in mid-October. Please be aware that although all races and issues will be published, your eligibility to vote on a candidate or issue depends on where you reside.  Please Click On the web page link above to see what the “composite ballot” reads like.

Every year we get questions about residency and voter registration. You must be 18 years old by election day Nov. 4th 2014 and a U.S. citizen to register to vote.  Colorado State law requires that you register to vote at your primary place of residence, or in other words, where you live the majority of the time.  It is unlawful to register in a County or precinct in which you no longer reside unless you are intending to return after a temporary absence.

The deadline to register to vote or change your address to receive a ballot by mail is Tuesday, Oct. 28. After that point, voters can register or make changes to existing registration in our offices to receive a ballot in person. Voter registration application forms are available online at www.eaglecounty.us/clerk under Voting and Elections, Voter Registration on the left hand side, at Clerk & Recorder offices located in Avon, El Jebel and Eagle, and at all town clerk offices throughout Eagle County.  Or you can just (Click Here) and go straight to the online Registration Forms.  Voters also have the option of registering or updating their information at www.govotecolorado.com.

If you are anxious to know how Eagle County voted and plan to stay up late on election night, preliminary results will be posted to www.eaglecounty.us as soon as they are ready and we will be tweeting updates on many races throughout the night after 7 p.m. Follow us on Twitter at #ecclerk.  Typically we have a substantial Election Result report published by 10 p.m. and will update these early return reports as additional results are tallied.

Ski Utah!–Well…Vail Resorts wants you to Consider it!

Ski Utah?

Epic-Ski-Pass-Cummings-Utah-PCMR-12SEPT2014Well why not?  Somebody else thought it was a good idea…as Vail Resorts stock (MTN) shot up to close at $87.53/share last week.

Some of the Ski industry News was….

Vail Resorts plans to joint together existing Utah Ski Resorts to a combined ~7,000 acres – which would (then) make it the biggest (combined/lift served) Ski Resort area in North America.

And that’s just the Ski Mountain(s).  The Ski Resort Real Estate development potential?  Huge.  No doubt VR’s (real estate/advance team?)  has been quietly working in Utah – in anticipation of their big Lawsuit (Click Here) being settled.  The announcement that it was settled came last week.

Your Epic Mix Ski Pass now works in Utah too.  Another reason to visit this year – and if you don’t like big local crowds – visit Utah during the first (2) weeks of February – during the World Ski Championships in Vail and Beaver Creek.

You also can worry (a bit less) about the Pot Smokers on the slopes.  Arguably, less of them there in Utah, where folks still respect and enforce – Federal Drug Law.  It’s also a lot easier to drive from the Salt Lake Airport – to Skiing, than it is from DIA (via I-70) into Vail and Beaver Creek.

Did the ECT mention that Utah already has Hosted the Winter Olympics?  There is talk that Salt Lake City would like to do that again (Click Here)  In the ECT’s view – now that VR is in Utah in a BIG way…the chances of ever seeing the Winter Olympics in Colorado are about zero.  At least in our lifetime.

Anybody wanna’ guess just whose photo that is on the above Epic Mix Ski Pass?  Let us know.


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