Hits & Misses: Mother Nature gets our scorn | VailDaily.com

Hits & Misses: Mother Nature gets our scorn

Vail Daily Editorial BoardVail CO, Colorado

Send your hit or miss to Opinion Editor Tamara Miller at tmiller@vaildaily.com.Hit: To County Commissioners Sara Fisher and Peter Runyon, who voted to approve $2.1 million in open-space funding to preserve the Gates ranch north of Dotsero from development that someday is sure to come. Dont forget that once upon a time it was inconceivable that remote Edwards would be developed, never mind become a micropolitan population center. The ranch meets the criteria set for a conservation easement, which will give the Gates family a break on their property taxes. The property is valued at $3.4 million and the rest of the money will come from the Gates, the Eagle Valley Land Trust and other organizations and individuals. Miss: To Mother Nature, who deprived Vail Mountain of an opening day Friday with warm, dry weather. Opening day has been rescheduled for Wednesday. Lets hope to see some colder temps and natural snowflakes by then. Hit: To Sgt. Kurt Mulson, who is retiring this month after 30 years with the Vail Police Department. Mulson has worked everything from everyday speeders to the towns last murder case. Thanks for keeping us safe. Miss: To all the property taxing local governments that plan to keep the windfall of property assessments that have soared an average 40 percent across Eagle County these past two years. However much these entities believe they need the loot, this is not fair to the taxpayers. Hit: To the local group Operation Donation for doing their part to help keep Denvers homeless warm during the winter months. The group collects donated winter coats, hats, gloves and sleeping bags, and distributes the goods on Christmas Day.Miss: To Gov. Bill Ritter, who earlier this year decided to freeze property tax rates for school districts so that education would max out on the dramatic increase in property values. Its one thing for voters to be able to vote on large tax increases, and quite another for government to just decide to take them out of the taxpayers’ wallets, like it or not. That’s most definitely not in the spirit of the TABOR amendment.

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