Vail Daily letter: Time for new leadership
Let’s look at the accomplishments of the Eagle-Vail Metro District board over the last decade.
• Contracted to do the Urban Land Institute study, which is not a master plan.
• Out of this study came the Board of Governors Joint Operating Agreement. This combined the Metro District Board and the Property Owners Association Board into one very large Board of Governors.
• Increased citizens’ committees to the current level of 15. About half are currently not functioning.
• Created a Parks Master Plan, which states the immediate need of over $1 million to replace aging, unsafe playground equipment.
• New signs and entry monument.
• Initiated, supported and contributed to both 5A bond issues — one passing and one failing.
• The first 5A gave us a new pool, golf course improvements and, as of today, 20 more years of debt for the taxpayer.
• A 51 percent increase in general and administrative expenses while revenues remain flat.
• Proposed new speed bumps.
• Gave the incoming board the task of finding revenue to fund over $20 million worth of much needed deferred maintenance issues concerning the clubhouse, golf course, tennis courts, parks, trails and the pavilion.
We can do better than this. If I am fortunate enough to be elected, I would like to present a comprehensive plan to the board and the community. The plan will fund itself without borrowing money or asking for a property tax increase. It will help fund existing operations and amenities. It will help pay for scheduled improvements over the next 20 years while adding several million dollars to our general fund. What I am proposing will bring us together, raise property values while positioning Eagle-Vail as a premier mountain community. Hopefully, it could become part of a future community master plan.
Listening to residents while campaigning through the community it is very clear that you want:
• An honest governing body that understands community issues.
• A Metro District that is on solid financial footing.
• A government that listens to its citizens.
• A master plan.
• An in-depth evaluation of the possibility of a ski lift to Beaver Creek.
• Eagle-Vail trail extension and the ECO Trail connect with the business district.
• Eagle-Vail shuttle bus or dial-a-ride.
• Off-leash dog park.
• Highway 6 and business center beautification and redevelopment.
• Keep existing amenities.
• No development of Pavilion Park.
I will work on your behalf on all of these issues and more. We can go forward the old way or we can choose a new path without burdening you with more taxes. It is time for new leadership and new ideas. Please visit my website for more details: electdavethinkbig.com.
I would truly appreciate your vote.
Candidate, Eagle Vail Metro District board of directors