Eagle County – Divided

by  Clayton Moore

Eagle County – Divided?  Well the Hatfields and the McCoys had nothing on each other – when compared with Eagle County, Colorado today.

Eagle-County-Logo-LeftThe evidence of this (competing Tax Feuds?) will be delivered to you via U.S. Mail this week, when your Ballot arrives.  It’s due back by Tuesday, November 8th 2016 – National Election day.

This week the ECT will share some of the TAX FACTS about this election – that neither the Hatfields nor McCoys seems to want to expose.

Ballot Issue (1A) – wants you to vote yourself a tax increase in order to support – “More Affordable Workforce Housing.”  Part of the money raised targeted to “buy land” to put Affordable Workforce Housing on.

KEEP IN MIND:  You’re already paying Eagle County Taxes – to take developable land OFF THE MARKET.  It’s called the Eagle County Open Space Tax – and your paying that today!  And tomorrow, too!

CONGRATULATIONS EAGLE COUNTY! – your own County Government hasEagle-County-Logo-Right-Side grown so BIG – they they want you to pay to take developable land OFF THE MARKET – at the same time – you’ll be paying new Taxes to BUY LAND on the Market – to be developed!  It’s True, and the ECT insists this is NUTS.

Next up: Ballot Issue (3A & 3B) – our Public School District’s proposed Tax increase – is the largest proposed Tax Increase in the history of Eagle County.  The projected repayment cost of 3B alone (it’s in the Ballot language) is $233 Million – that will be attached to your Residential and Commercial Property…until the next time our School District – insists they have to have more of your families and business hard earned income.

ECT Question:  How does raising your Property Taxes – make anything more affordable?  Don’ worry Renters!  Your current Landlord will have something to say about your next years, Rent – if this new Tax passes…

Ballot Issue (1B) – Wants to Tax you an additional $32.7 Million for the purpose of expanding the “Eagle Valley Bike Trail”.  ECT hopes our readers already own a Mountain or Street Bike – because if all these other Ballot Issues pass – it’s unlikely you’ll be able to afford even a “used bike” in the months and years to come.

TAX FACT:  Even if all these proposed New Taxes (were defeated) your Taxes are already GUARANTEED TO GO UP!

How So?  Because the Eagle County Voters – approved a Tax Increase for the Ambulance District as well as the Eagle River Fire District – LAST MAY 2016.  That increase won’t be incurred (read: felt) until your new Property Tax Bill arrives in January 2017!!!

TAX FACT:  Recall how Beaver Creek Resort reacted when May 2016 County Voters voted to increase their cost to run a Ski Resort – Beaver Creek quickly decided to charge ($10.00/day) for Skier Parking – that was formerly, FREE.

ASK YOURSELF:  What the cost of YOUR Snowboarding or Skiing might be raised to should all these proposed new Taxes, pass.  It’s a safe bet that Vail Resorts – will pass on their increased costs (due to Higher Taxes) next year.

ECT will not tell voters “how to vote”.  Only consider points made here – “Cause and Effect” is an economic reality.  One wonders if our School District is teaching our kids about the economic realities of “Cause and Effect”.

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