Letter: What are you going to do with savings created by proposed Eagle-Vail sales tax?
January 31, 2018
I was asked to take your sales tax survey. They were very polite (although the survey person didn't know how to pronounce Eagle-Vail) and the questioning was, what I would call, skewed.
I don't want the District to spend more money. I want to reduce the debt load and have monies available for capital maintenance.
If you collect a sales tax, I understand what you can spend it on. What I want to know is, what you are going to do with the budgeted funds that this sales tax will/should replace?
I want you to reduce capital debt and provide for a capital maintenance fund.
If you/we have a sales tax that will pay for maintenance of streets and parking lots, safety protection and transportation-related projects, let's not increase spending. Let's take the general budgeted funds that would have gone for maintenance of streets and parking lots, safety protection and transportation-related projects and put them into a capital debt and/or a capital maintenance fund.
Stop trying to find ways to spend the sales tax revenue. I don't need more taxes, and I don't need more spending, until "we" can get a grip on our long-range finances.
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I'm not against a sales tax, but the District seems like it only wants more money to spend. The days of blue sky spending and smiley faces are a thing of the past. There is a huge difference in financing/funding the Eagle-Vail Metro District and the Eagle-Vail Property Owners Association, and most people don't know/understand the difference(s). The district seems to be using the same spiel for a 1 percent sales tax as it did for the previously failed attempt for a larger sales tax.
Why doesn't the district tell me that the savings created by the sales tax will replace funds designate for maintenance of streets and parking lots, safety protection and transportation-related projects? And those saved funds will be put into capital debt reduction (say 50 percent); a capital maintenance fund (say 30 percent) and if there are any remaining funds (the remaining 20 percent), they will go to a fund for future maintenance of streets and parking lots, safety protection and transportation-related projects?
Albert N. Ewing
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