Avon Town Council candidate: Loria wants more say for taxpayers
Avon Town Council Candidate Profiles
Learn more about the rest of the Avon Town Council candidates throughout this week on page A2. Profiles will be published in alphabetical order. The schedule of profiles is as follows:
Friday: John Minervini and Scott Prince
Saturday: Sarah Smith Hymes and Charlie Wolf
AVON — Angelo Loria has lived in town for 20 years and has owned his business, Angelo’s Appraisal Inc., since 1997.
At Angelo’s Appraisal, Loria appraises residential property in Eagle County. Before that he was a Realtor in Denver, and built and remodeled homes in Crested Butte and Denver, giving him the experience required to understand town projects, he said.
He also works part time for Vail Resorts during the winter and does seasonal work for Eagle County, assisting them with tax protests.
“My analytical and common sense approach to planning, along with keeping up with Avon’s current issues makes me a good candidate for Town Council,” he said. “I believe that I would be an asset to the town by making well thought out and planned decisions that will benefit the local businesses as well as the town of Avon.”
Loria says he feels Avon’s residents and taxpayers should have a say in how their money is being spent.
“Recently, there have been some large decisions that were made with little transparency that have cost the taxpayers millions of dollars,” he said. “These projects should have been approved by the town’s residents. I feel any future projects should promote local business, which in turn will increase tax revenues. Avon should have annual surveys to determine what is important to the residents and guests. These surveys would provide a guide for the Town Council to determine what projects are desired.”
Loria says the pavilion project at Nottingham Park has the potential to bring some good events to town, if properly managed.
“These events should provide additional business for the local entrepreneurs,” he said. “But the one thing that is missing for a first-class event is parking. A parking facility within the town would not only provide event parking but also parking for the residents and guest for skiing, hiking, biking, shopping, etc.”
A big fan of the new hiking and biking trails in the West Avon Preserve, Loria gives credit to the current council for making the idea for those trails into a reality.
“Every time I ride these trails, I see people enjoying these new amenities,” he said. “These types of amenities will bring visitors to town while providing recreation opportunities to our residents.”