by Clayton Moore
A reasonable question: How best to describe the majority of the Town of Eagle Colorado – Voters?
FACT: Last Tuesday, April 3rd 2012 the majority of Eagle voters elected a new Mayor (Yuri Kostick) and top Board of Trustees “vote getter” (Brandi Resa) were elected to what other communities call their City Council.
Both candidates ran on a strong anti-development (read: against ERS) during their individual and ultimately successful campaigns.
What have we learned from the majority of Eagle Voters?
FACT: On Tuesday, November 1st 2011 – the majority of Eagle Voters approved the only Tax Increase that passed on a (Vail to Gypsum) Eagle County ballot during 2011. That proposed Tax Increase appeared ONLY on the ballots of folks living/voting in the Town of Eagle. The Tax increase was aimed 100% exclusively at Eagle’s Tourists/Guests that stayed in any Hotel/Lodge in Eagle. In an otherwise competitive lodging market and thanks to majority Eagle voters – their Hotel guests now pay more taxes to rent a room in their Town. (Click Here)
FACT: Eagle’s Hotel Foreclosure – On February 21st 2012, just 3 months after the Hotel Tax increase was approved by Eagle voters…the Eagle County Public Trustees office – reported a $4.9Million dollar Foreclosure (Click Here) against a Hotel in Eagle known as “The Eagle Lodge and Suites” located just off the I-70 exit in Eagle. For three years and counting…Eagle and Gypsum still led Eagle County in the total number of Home Foreclosures, due uniquely to Job Loss.
If you choose to believe what was printed in the Fishwrap this past week…
There are now 81 less Business Licenses being issued (read: Taxpaying Businesses) in Eagle 2012 than in 2008.
FACT: Eagle’s now new Mayor Elect Yuri Kostick ran his campaign on the theme “Don’t Worry, Vote Yuri!” Apparently the majority of Eagle Voter’s aren’t worried either.
Eagle’s City Council apparently is.
FACT: In their Council’s recent vote on ERS (6-1) in favor of approving ERS…the single dissenting vote in that election was cast by (then) City Council member and Mayoral candidate “Don’t Worry” Yuri Kostick.
Consider: Seriously, just how aware is the current majority voter in Eagle about the state of their Towns economy vs. the folks that serve on their City Council? Do the majority of Eagle voters – really consider “Letters to the Fishwrap’s Editor” a legitimate source of factual/accurate News reporting about their Town? It is reasonable to believe that the majority of Eagle’s Council reviewed all the current financial information on the condition of Eagle’s Economy (as well as ERS projections) before their (6-1) vote to approve. Factually; they have an elected, Legal and Fiduciary obligation to review and evaluate before voting. The ECT believes six elected members fulfilled their obligation before that (6-1) vote.
FACT: Scheduled for Tuesday, May 22nd 2012 is the vote (Eagle’s Public Referendum) to approve or not, Eagle River Station.
FACT: Regardless of which way that Public Vote goes…there are undeniable risks to Eagle’s Economy. Stay the course documented above? Or take a chance on ERS and the undeniable economic (and Community) risks that come with approving it. We’ll all know more soon.
Perhaps majority Eagle Voter – Mayor Elect Yuri’s next election theme could be “Vote Yuri! – Eyes Wide Shut” The ECT wonders majority voter, if this Ostrich’s head is sporting a “yellow smiley face” too!