by – remember, we forget very little
Just last week incumbent County Commissioner candidate Jon Stavney (D) publically let our Community know – he seems to be losing his battle against Amnesia. (Click Here)
In Jon’s latest “please re-elected me info-mercial” column in the Daily Fishwrap – Jon went on to discuss the “size and role of government” from his vantage point of Eagle County Commissioner.
Let’s Begin with one of Jon’s first comments:
ECT Comment: Reagan’s correct, Jon is wrong. Our U.S. Constitution defines the role and powers of the Federal Government, those not specifically granted to the Federal Government are delegated to the States. Regulating Interstate Commerce, setting standards (like railroad steel gauge for tracks between states) are reasonable things the Feds do that benefit us all. The wrong part? See Below
Secondly, and the point of Jon’s Amnesia:
ECT Comment: Remember Eagle County’s Stratton Flats $5.6 Million dollar Taxpayer debacle, Jon? Money the Eagle County taxpayer will NEVER see again. Fact is our County Commissioners had/have ZERO Statutory nor Fiduciary responsibility to invest Millions of Taxpayer money on so called “Affordable Housing”. Gee…this fact Jon, somehow Stratton Flats was not mentioned in your column… To your credit, Jon, the Eagle County owned, formerly dilapidated (due to County neglect) Federal Section 8 Low Income Housing (Riverview Apartments – Rte 6 Eagle Vail) – where YOU DO HAVE Statutory and Fiduciary responsibility to maintain that County owned Property – finally it did get the much needed, remodel after thirty years.
Further it was the voice of the ECT (never in the Daily Fishwrap) that pointed this fact out and continued to hammer our Board of County Commissioners on this Housing issue – till it was fixed. Credit to Commissioner Jon for having done what was legally required during his watch. And yes Jon, the ECT will recognize Alex Potente’s effort on Riverview as well. No problem with Amnesia here at the ECT.
ECT Comment: Wrong Jon. The number one Job of any Government is Public Safety. As it relates to Public Safety, the County acted appropriately and responsibly (as is Governments obligation) to protect Public Safety (in this case) to the County’s public water supply in the Eagle River. ECT expects nothing more and nothing less.
ECT Comment: Jon this is misleading at a minimum and simply not the full truth. Correct – the Stratton Flats $5.6 Million debacle was “non-mandatory” however MAINTAING Eagle County owned Federal Section 8 Low income Housing (Riverview Apartments) IS MANDATORY under Federal HUD regulations. How is it Jon, that Eagle County had MILLIONS to waste on Stratton Flats, yet no money to repair and maintain Riverview Apartments? Shame on the BoCC, Jon! “Cost the County nothing?” HUH? Then how did the County pay local Riverview remodel contactor R.A. Nelson? Credit it seems to the BoCC (with Alex Potente’s help) for increasing our Federal Government deficit!
ECT Comment: “What we know” Jon is that the Board of County Commissioners (illegally) side-stepped TABOR and funded the recently remodeled Eagle County “Justice Center” and County Jail with ~$24 Million with so called “Certificates of Participation”. This illegal technique was used by our BoCC to force County taxpayers to take on the additional long term debt, where a taxpayer funded BOND would normally be used. That Bond debt Jon, as you are well aware would have required a ‘vote of the people’ per TABOR. Fact is Jon, we Taxpayers didn’t get the Vote – we just got handed the $24Million in long term debt. The legal requirement of TABOR, Jon, is to give the Taxpayer the VOTE to determine if the majority of Taxpayers wish to take on millions in long term debt, Jon. We both know, Jon, that the Eagle County (voter survey) that was quietly taken (paid for by the private sector, Jon) showed no majority taxpayer support for a new Bond issue for a new Jail and Courthouse. That’s why those survey results, Jon, never saw the ‘light of day’ publically. Conclusion: Our BoCC did an illegal (per TABOR) “end around” the Eagle County Taxpayer.
The ECT could go on and on Jon…we look forward to your next “info-merical” in the Daily Fishwrap!
PS – Jon, you almost got President Reagan’s direct quote correct – here for your information and others is President Reagan’s actual AUDIO quote – just click on the play button below. We do our homework here at the ECT.