Vail Valley Voices: Eagle Town Board should treat businesses better
Vail, CO, Colorado
I see the glass as half full. It seems that the Eagle town manager does not. I am not sure if this is for all things in life or only the town of Eagle’s financial situation because the construction money is no longer flowing heavily into the town’s bank account.
I have no illusion that just seeing things as positive puts money into the coffers, but I certainly believe enthusiasm can generate more enthusiasm for the town and businesses.
But having seen at least three business owners (one who moved east) in Eagle treated with little or no appreciation at a Town Board meeting, it does not surprise me that when the quarterly sales tax reports are presented, there is no extra information or improving numbers. And given the technology available, I am surprised by the format of the report.
If tax dollars are so desperately needed in Eagle, I think the town would do a better job of appreciating current business owners’ efforts, even if they do not agree with the owners in concept or on a particular issue.
And it seems to me from the audience that the trustees could do a better job of appreciating each other. It could be because I do not know any of the trustees personally, but I did not get they were joking when they asked more than once for a fellow trustee to stop asking questions. These questions were on topic and should be welcomed from any and all trustees to ensure each is comfortable with his or her decision.
But by the end of the meeting with all of the above and not even a discussion about allowing the medical marijuana business to stay open, just six extra weeks until a referendum, the good beginning was nearly forgotten.
State Rep. Mille Hamner stopped in to say hello and let us know she was working hard and asking for suggestions. The Vail Valley Partnership spoke quite some about what they are working on, which was followed by a discussion and ballot approval on the $2 lodging tax to market the town.
Times are certainly tough for citizens, businesses and municipalities here in the valley, as well as across the country. But as the auditor confirmed at a recent meeting, Eagle is not in desperate financial shape. We should definitely be striving for increasing revenues and diversifying our economy. But to do that, we should start by showing appreciation and support for those who are trying so hard to be a part of the Eagle business community.
And you should try hard to come to the next meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13. If you can’t make it, don’t forget you can now watch the meetings at http://www.allabouteagle.com. See ya’ll at Town Hall!
Brandi Resa is an Eagle resident.