by no fan of the IRS
The ECT folks think this is a local Scandal.
Why? Because (so far) no one but the ECT is willing to tell you what is going to happen in Avon on Monday, July 1st 2013.
Know where the Wal~Mart and Home Depot are in Avon?
So, everyone shopping in any of the stores at the “Village at Avon” will be paying an additional 0.75% Tax (yes, the ECT calls it a TAX) starting on Monday, July 1st 2013.
Why? Because as part of the lawsuit Settlement Agreement between the Town of Avon and the Village at Avon Developer (Traer Creek) – their combined lawyers of both litigants have agreed that the folks who shop there – will now pay more – to shop there.
Now for “the hook”…
The Hook? (smell a rat yet?)
Yes, since the lawyers have in their combined Settlement Agreement – decided to use the legal verbiage “FEE” (as opposed to using the legal term TAX) – these Juris Doctor (rip off artists) claim they have sidestepped the legal requirements of Colorado’s TABOR law. At least they both think they have…
Bottom Line: The litigants now believe they don’t have to meet the legal requirement of going to Avon voters – to ask permission to raise Taxes in the Town of Avon…because you see TABOR aficionados…it’s really just a “FEE” and not a “TAX”. Got it?
Can your wallet tell the difference?
Bottom Line: The total Tax (yes, the ECT still calls it a Tax) is now as of (1JUL2013) just under 10% for all purchases made at the Village at Avon…
Just a few feet west of the Wal~Mart is a Traer Creek building (also in the Village at Avon) known as Traer Creek Plaza – home to Castle Peak Grille – a liquor store – and of course the offices of the “Vail Valley Partnership”…Eagle County’s main cheerleader for all things related spending money to promote a strong local Economy.
One wonders what these VVP folks have to say about this latest “economic development”. Do they even know about it?
Q.) Why should the folks that choose to shop in the Village at Avon – be required to pay more (0.75%) when they were never part of the original litigation nor a party to any of the legal disputes that sparked that (years old now) lawsuit?
Do you believe these local politicians are any different than the ones on display in Washington, D.C. these days?