Briefs: Vail Valley tax fight continues Monday |

Briefs: Vail Valley tax fight continues Monday

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” Residents will have a second round of discussions about how to prevent future property tax hikes next Monday.

The group Eagle County Tax Payers for Common Sense met earlier this month to grill local taxing authorities and discuss solutions to their increased property tax bills, including tax rebates or lower rates next year.

The upcoming meeting will be similar to the first, but organizers said they hope more residents and taxing authorities can attend.

Penn Pfiffner, a former state representative who authored the repeal of the capital gains tax and president of the Colorado Union of Tax Payers, will speak to residents and explain Eagle County’s tax situation.

He also will talk about how TABOR laws work and residents can do about their taxes, said Edwards resident Buddy Sims, one of the group’s leaders.

Sims said he hopes second homeowners will attend also, because they make up a majority of the taxes paid, but cannot vote as part-time residents.

More than 100 residents attended the first meeting, and taxing authorities who came to the meeting included county and school district representatives.

Assessed values of homes in Eagle County went up an average of 40 percent last year, and many taxing authorities, including the county, ambulance districts and many metro districts, chose not to lower their tax rates, resulting in significantly bigger bills for many homeowners.

“The paper had been writing about (the tax increase), and we’d heard about it, but I don’t think we really understood how it happened until we got our tax bills. That’s when people started paying attention,” Sims said.

” Melanie Wong

GYPSUM, Colorado ” Beverly Smart, a sophomore at Eagle Valley High School, recently made all-state band on clarinet.

She will be performing with the all-state concert band on March 29at 4 p.m. at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.

Smart has been playing the clarinet for six years, and the piano for seven years.

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” Listeners can find a new Spanish-language radio station broadcasting at102.5 FM.

KQSE plays music from the ’70s to today, including hits from Mexico, Central America, South America and Puerto Rico. The station will play the “Compa Chava” during morning commute and Axel Contrares’ show in the afternoon. The station will also have news.

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