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