Vail Daily letter: ‘No’ on housing tax
The county’s proposed $5.4 million per year sales tax increase for housing is premature. They have no plan. Before they ask the taxpayers for more money, they need to do the hard work of bringing together Vail Resorts, the Forest Service, the towns of Vail and Avon and the Eagle River Water and Sanitation District to come up with land and financial commitments to generate a meaningful housing project. Nibbling around the edges with subsidies may help a few individuals, but the fundamental housing problem will still be alive and well.
I include the Eagle River Water and Sanitation District because surely they could ease the huge tap fees they charge to help a legitimate affordable housing project.
Significant building sites could include the Ever Vail project land which Vail Resorts has put on the back burner, or perhaps the Forest Service’s Dowd Junction land. Another more distant location could be the new town of Wolcott, which the county recently approved.
Vote “no” on Ballot Issue 1A. The county hasn’t done their homework.