Vail Daily’s View: Roaring Fork governments give back tax windfall
Vail, CO, Colorado
Here’s some news we’re not hearing in the Vail Valley:
n The city of Aspen lowered its property tax rate for next year.
n The city of Glenwood Springs lowered its property tax rate for next year.
n The Aspen Fire Protection District lowered its property tax rate for next year.
n The Aspen Hospital lowered its property tax rate for next year.
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n The Aspen Historic Park and Recreation District lowered its property tax rate for next year.
n The Garfield County Board of Commissioners lowered a property tax rate for next year, the one earmarked for open space and trails.
n The Basalt and Rural Fire District lowered its property tax rate for next year.
All of this is through a temporary credit to balance out those improbable increases in property values for tax purposes in the face of recession.
Eagle County commissioners, municipal councils and boards, are you paying attention?
Our property taxes have risen over 50 percent on average since 2007. Elected officials turned deaf ears to suggestions they give some of their windfall back to the taxpayers two years ago.
None are exactly stepping up now to declare that enough is enough when property taxes have soared while the worst recession since the Depression has hit their constituents.
The Eagle County commissioners have announced that they intend to keep the tax rate the same again this year.
Contrast that with local politicians and other government servants just to the west.
“We’re returning all of the windfall,” Aspen Fire Chief Darryl Grob told The Aspen Times.
“We could certainly use (the extra funds),” Glenwood Springs City Manager Jeff Hecksell told the Glenwood Springs Post-Independent. “But in deference to the taxpayers of this community, it’s not being pursued.”
“In deference to the taxpayers”? Huh?
What a foreign concept in this valley.
Vail Daily Editorial Board