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