by Clayton Moore
The difference between Good Governance vs. Bad Governance can be exposed by looking at the questions – your elected officials are willing to ask – and answer.
The proposed total purchase price (including projected remodel costs and Interest payments) for the “Building for Bureaucrats” also known as the (Skier Building) is $12,500,000.00 – per Avon’s Ordinance “14-17”. (Click Here)
The $12.5 Million Dollar Taxpayer money is supposed to come from (25 years) of Avon’s 2% (RETT – Real Estate Transfer Tax) that is legally attached to all Property in Avon. Avon folks pay (2%) of their Property’s value (to buy into Avon) and another (2%) paid at the time they sell and leave Avon. Don’t forget the (6%) Real Estate Commission you’re likely to pay when selling your Avon Property. Obviously, if your Avon property appreciates say (10%) over the (4-5 years?) you own it – you just break even on your Avon Property “Investment”.
The KEY question for Avon Voters and Property Owners is this!
What is the real “investment value” – to you Avon Resident/Property Owner/Voter, if your Town spends $12,500,000.00 of your Tax Money on a Building for Avon’s Bureaucrats?
Is this proposed multi-million dollar Avon Building expenditure likely to…
1 – Increase Commerce for say…(Roger Benedict’s Carpet business in Avon, Jim Pavelich’s North Side Café Restaurant…provoke more shopping at Avon’s Wal~Mart and Home Depot? (this list is endless)
2 – Cause an increase in Lodging Reservations at Avon’s Christy Lodge, Avon Center, The Westin, the new Wyndham?
3 – Help Avon PD – improve Public Safety in the Town?
4 – Help improve the Schools in Avon – for our children’s Education?
5 – Increase overall Avon Property Values – both Residential and Commercial?
The answer to these questions is OBVIOUS for any objective and rational person.
Why isn’t Avon’ City Council – even willing to discuss this proposed purchase in the context of an “Investment for Avon Taxpayers”?
Answer: Because they can’t. This proposed expenditure does nothing to help improve Avon’s “Quality of Life” (at large) in any way.
Join us and the rest of the rational and reasonable voters in Avon – and VOTE “NO” on Avon’s Ballot this month.