by the Forces fighting against more confiscatory taxation!
Last week Mr. Chris Romer (executive director of the Vail Valley Partnership) weighed in, in his capacity as a private citizen – to let us all know that we should “invest” more in our Community by paying additional TAXES. (Click Here)
Private Citizen – Mr. Chris Romer is certainly entitled to his opinion. As are we.
A few questions for Mr. Romer – that Mr. Romer has some how overlooked…
1 – Local Job Loss? Families moving out of Eagle County to find construction (read:any) job elsewhere? Does Mr. Romer know what the current Eagle County home foreclosure rate is? (404 YTD – Click Here)
2 – Is Mr. Romer aware that the Eagle County Taxpayer is currently ‘on the hook’ for $230 Million in Long Term School Bond debt? (Click Here) Is a Property Tax increase for Public Schools really necessary on top of what we already pay annually as our property tax “Investment”?
3 – Mr. Romer clearly argues for more “Investment” in Education. What are the results of the Investment the County Taxpayer has already made, Mr. Romer? If a local family is trying to save for their children’s college education, how does your proposal for additional taxation fit into that family’s budget, Mr. Romer? Just exactly how much taxation (er…investment) is enough, Mr. Romer?
4 – Has Mr. Romer seen the Educational Documentary – “Waiting for Superman” (Click Here) The ECT folks most certainly have watched it and reported it!
5 – Has Mr. Romer considered the rampant multi-year job loss Eagle County has endured – that has been driving the massive County home foreclose rate – now in its 3rd year?
Perhaps what is needed is a suggestion for Mr. Romer. If you, your family and business are just trying to ‘make ends meet’ these days… might want to CONSIDER NOT PAYING your membership dues into Mr. Romer’s – Vail Valley Partnership – in favor of using your remaining financial resources to pay additional Property Taxes that are endorsed by Mr. Romer.
From Mr. Romer’s – mission statement – at the Vail Valley Partnership…”The VVP takes a leadership role with community and business partners to provide a business-to-business resource and voice for businesses in addition to our destination marketing & sales efforts.”
Frankly the ECT can’t figure out just what kind of a “voice” Mr. Romer (his: organization?) is talking about. The last time the ECT heard a “voice” like this – it was coming out of the mouth of Rep. Nancy Pelosi. Certainly not a voice trying to help Eagle County’s (still struggling) Private Sector create more local jobs….
Keep in mind…then Speaker, Nancy Pelosi was handed a new job after Voters woke up last November.
Isn’t it time for you to wake up too, Mr. Romer, and join the rest of us already making a significant “investment” in our Community, today?