No to Avon tax |

No to Avon tax

David P. Gossett

This tax should be representative of the benefactor of the service, or of some minor benefit at least.

I live in Wildridge. Say I own a lot down the street, want to upgrade and build another house on that lot. After doing so, paying the 4% percent tax on the 50 percent materials (where they got the 50 percent from I’ll never know) and I feel like riding that bus to town. Oops! It doesn’t come by my new house, or even within walking distance from that new house. Huh?

So I drive my car to Avon, to park and ride the bus, visit some of the old and new shops in Avon, or maybe ride it to Vail to go hit the slopes. Oops! There is no central parking for the bus system in Avon. Huh? So how do I get on this bus I paid for?

Maybe, sometime in the future, I am doing a remodel of a residence in west Avon, need to go to the new Home Depot to grab a few items, jump on the bus, grab a cart full of materials, for which I have already paid the tax on by the way, try to get on the bus with two sheets of plywood, 16-2x4s, a bag of insulation, and some drywall mud. Huh? Still doesn’t work.

Avon Town Council! What is wrong with this picture?

Please do not make the construction industry pay for the mistakes of others. If the bus system is a asset to the community, tax who uses and benefits from that service or are the users. Otherwise it is taxation without representation. Remember that from your junior high school history class? Remember what happened in that history lesson?

Maybe it should be a “rental tax,” or maybe it should be paid by the properties that are serviced by the system.

Editor’s note: Purchases from Home Depot would not be subject to the proposed use tax, since the building materials came from inside town and the supplier’s sales tax already covers the amount.

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