by Clayton Moore
Dateline April 12th 2016 –
An Election Issues Committee has been formed and filed with the Colorado Secretary of State Office – “Building A Safer Tomorrow 2016” (Click on the Graphic below to enlarge it) – Their purpose is to support and promote the proposed $25 Million Dollar Property Tax increase of the Eagle River Fire Protection District – Election May 3rd 2016.
So who are these people?
Registered Agent: Jennifer Cartmell-Hays is the current Chairman of the Fire District Board (Click Here).
Designated Filing Agent: Valere Wegert is the wife of current Fire District Board member Darell Wegert (Click Here)
To Date 12APR2016: Who is Funding the effort to increase your Fire District Taxes?
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1 – “Citizens Campaign for 5A is an effort by Edwards Resident – John McCaulley – 0092 Wellington Lane. For John it seems “fire and water” does mix – John works for the Water District.
2 – Davis Partnership Architects – ECT understands they will benefit financially should Taxes be increased. Colorado Springs is not in our Tax District.
3 – Fennell Group Planning – ECT understands they will benefit financially should Taxes be increased. Colorado Springs is not in our Tax District.
4 – Dominic Mauriello – Mauriello Planning Group (Click Here) – unquestionably will benefit Financially should Taxes in the District be increased. Dominic lives in Eagle – his Taxable property is outside the Fire District.
5 – Eagle River Professional Firefighters Association – Our Firefighters that will work out of the new Fire Stations – should the $25 Million Dollar Tax Increase pass.
6 – Goulding Development Advisors – Todd Goulding’s company has been working for the Fire District some time and has a direct Personal Financial interest in seeing this Tax Increase Pass. (Click Here – read page 3). Todd is currently running for re-election on the Ambulance District Board – that Amby District is from Vail Pass to Dotsero.
7 – Alan Bosworth – is the current “Vice Chair” of the Fire District (Click Here)
8 – Clark Shivley – is the current Secretary of the Fire District (Click Here)
9 – James Collins – Attorneys Collins, Cockrel & Cole – Jim’s Denver based Law firm is the Law firm for the Fire District (Click Here). ECT can vouch for the fact that if you ask Jim a direct question – you’ll get a direct answer.
10 – Jennifer Hays – is the current Chairman of the Fire District Board (Click Here)
11 – Tracy Leclair – works for the Fire District as “Community Risk Manager – Public Information Officer”. Tracy’s home address is not in the Fire District – no chance her Property Taxes will be raised (Click Here)
As of April 12th 2016 – where has the money raised ($4,240.00) – been spent to promote the Tax Increase? (Click on Graphic below to Enlarge it)
1 – Business Briefs. $275.00 Apparently someone at the Fire District thought it would help their effort if they Advertised in Michael Cacioppo’s vacation news flyer. Cacioppo has personally and publicly endorsed the $25 Million Tax Increase. ECT understands Cacioppo lives in Avon (inside the District) however doesn’t own any property in the Fire District that is at risk of a Tax Increase.
2 – $312.98 “REIMBURSEMENT FOR YARD SIGNS AND BANNERS BOUGHT AT VISTA PRINT AND SIGN DEPOT” Tracy Leclair’s (online – Internet) purchase for Signs.
DISCLAIMER: ECT does not accept any advertising money from any organization promoting Tax Increases.
ECT Analysis: The documented evidence here shows that the MAJORITY of the folks promoting this Tax Increase – either work for the District – or has a PERSONAL, DIRECT FINANCIAL INTEREST in the outcome of a $25 Million Dollar proposed Property Tax Increase.
Something for Voters to keep in mind – when your Ballot arrives in the U.S. Mail this week.
The Fire District includes (Voters) in these areas in Eagle County, Colorado (Camp Hale, Tennessee Pass, Redcliff, Minturn, Avon, Eagle-Vail, Mountain Star, Wildridge, Bachelor Gulch, Arrowhead, Homestead, Edwards, Lake Creek, Singletree, Pilgrim Downs, all of Cordillera, Bellyache Ridge, Red Sky Ranch and the portions of I-70, Hwy 6 & 24) communities.