Avon – Town of Taxes and Turmoil

by  Clayton Moore

Avon?  Let’s examine what Avon’s (mayor pro tem) Jennie Fancher has to say about the current state of affairs in Avon.  To read Ms. Fancher’s recent and complete ‘letter to the editor’ (Click Here)

We don’t believe Ms. Fancher.  We disagree with her analysis of Avon today.

Consider these documented/photographed FACTS – Ms. Fancher failed to mention about Avon today.

FACT:  Despite the best efforts of Hoffmann Commercial Real Estate (and others) there is still an abundance of Commercial Real Estate for Sale or Lease in Avon.  (See photos)

– Avon’s Office Depot:  it’s been vacated and empty for the better part of a year.

– Avon’s Red Mountain Grill restaurant (Chapel Square) gone and vacated.  Their space is empty.

– Avon’s US Bank building (Benchmark road) mostly empty.

– Empty Commercial Space Next to Columbine Bakery/Restaurant – across the street from Avon’s City Market.

– Avon’s “Boat Building” plenty of Office Space Available.

– Traer Creek’s (Traer Creek Plaza Building) west of the Wal~Mart – plenty of ground floor Retail Space available.

– Empty: formerly known as Geno’s Sub Shop – located next to Bob’s Place in Avon – it’s been empty for months!

 

What does Jennie Fancher – want you to believe?  Notwithstanding the ~$2 Million dollar (Avon music pavilion) cost overrun – that has happened while Ms. Fancher is sitting on Avon’s Town Council…

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FACT:  This so called Avon “skier building” has never been occupied for ~11 years!  It was built and is currently owned by a company called “Starwood

Ms. Fancher:  “…able to pay for it with current revenues.”

ECT:  This not true.  If Avon could pay for this skier building with “current revenues” – Jennie and the rest of the Avon Town Council – would not need the “Certificates of Participation” to FINANCE millions (over 2 decades) for this purchase!

Fancher…on the topic of the current Avon Town Hall/Municipal Building.

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FACT:  At the last Avon Town Council (public meeting) Avon Town Manager Virginia Egger – announced publicly that the “needs analysis” for a new Avon Town Hall – was done by the Town of Avon – Staff.  The same folks who plan to occupy – that building.  Apparently, Ms. Fancher in unfamiliar with the story about “the Fox Guarding the Hen House”.  Where was/is Avon Town Staff – during the $2 Million dollar Music Pavilion cost overrun?

Fancher…on the topic of the recently ended lawsuit with Avon developer Traer Creek.

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Avon-Walmart-Tax-9jul2014FACT:  Ms. Fancher fails to mention that lawyers on both sides of this (years old) litigation – agreed to RAISE the Sales Tax (they called it a “fee” in the settlement agreement – to sidestep TABOR) – so now any purchases you make at Avon’s Wal~Mart or Home Depot – you pay – 9.549% in Sales Tax!  (Click Here)  Ms. Fancher’s Council spent (over the years) ~$3Million dollars in legal fees on that litigation.  To date, Ms. Fancher and Avon’s Mayor has yet to release their report to Avon’s Taxpayers – on exactly (what benefits) Avon’s Taxpayers got from that $3 Million dollar expensive settlement agreement.  Well, Ms. Fancher?  Ms. Fancher’s letter also insists “Sales Tax Collections are up”.  Well, of course, her Town Council agreed to raise the Sales Tax Rate – at the Wal~Mart and Home Depot – that combined generate more Sales Tax in Avon – than any other retail entity!

 

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Creating a Buzz? At the District Courthouse, Ms. Fancher?   Ms. Fancher – (somehow?) neglected to mention the current Lawsuit between Hoffmann Commercial Real Estate and (Avon Town Council candidate Thomas M. Beaver) owner of Montana’s Restaurant in Avon.  Also be sure to ask Ms. Fancher about Avon’s Planning and Zoning Commission – and the Commissions ongoing “conformance” issues with Hoffman Commercial Real Estate – and in particular the “shutters” and “cut down Aspen trees” – over at Avon’s Chapel Square.

One more thing Ms. Fancher…

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At the last  public Avon Town Council meeting – every single Avon Citizen who spoke (the ECT was there) spoke out AGAINST – your plan to Finance Millions in additional Long Term debt – using the proposed “Certificates of Participation”.  After the Mayor “closed the public hearing” YOU summarily ignored what you were told by the citizens who spoke – and voted to move ahead with Millions in CoP financing!!!!

FACT:  The only person who spoke in favor of the CoP’s at that meeting – was the person who doesn’t currently own any property in Avon!

The ECT continues to insist that Avon will be best served by electing (4) new Avon Councilmembers – to form a new majority on Town Council – dedicated to listening and representing the Citizens of Avon.

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