Thoughts On EPURA
Mr. Nicholas! (this is not a term of endearment or respect but to get your attention). You have spoken a truth and as well as much that is false. The truth, yes I did say “EPURA gets no money from property tax.” Your false statements: “EPURA does get money from property taxes which are its primary source of funds.” Show me where EPURA appears on your tax statement along with the taxing districts which are all determined by a mil levy voted on by the people. NO one can take from a taxing entity. And your statement: “EPURA used to receive a sales tax increment from the Town’s own revenue source, but not any more.” The truth is: the 25 year life of EPURA (phase 1) has ended and there is very little TIF (EPURA’s financing) remaining – $20,000. If you understand the Tax Increment Funding, you know that IT IS created by and for EPURA.
Mr. Ewing! Replying to your false statements. FYI for the fiscal years of 2009 and 2010 town employees will not receive a COLA nor the 3% merit assessment pool. The Town Board, collectively (seven persons), is paid the total sum of $16,800 per year. In most cases, the Town is not replacing employees who leave for whatever reason; they are not “pushing the fire department out the door”; the TIF financing is not at the expense of the special taxing districts (see above). However, you say “Improving Estes Park should mean improving the business climate…” And you do not endorse EPURA? You say “…we need to position ourselves in this Valley to thrive.” And you do not endorse EPURA. I say “duh!” And, Mr. Ewing, tell me how can Estes Park be the favored destination if things are so bad here? And I am sure you understand the saying “if you do no continue to grow, one stagnates and dies.” And yet you do not endorse EPURA. Another issue I have is your “ARD School of Not’s”. Heaven forbid if any of you run for any of the boards or commissions.
Without a doubt, the recent fire is devastating to the owner, the business owners in the complex and to the community. My heartfelt thanks to our volunteer fire department and the communities that assisted. And, I am sure Sharon Seeley wants to rebuild. To me, I believe this is a perfect opportunity for the Private/Public Partnership EPURA offers. With the building dating back to 1908 when F.O. Stanley built it for a garage, it is no surprise the infrastructures were not adequate nor codes were in place. Without help do you think Sharon can see this project through?
Mr. Van Horn! And you say “I fail to see the connection between urban renewal and the fire. I hate to see the town use a personal, individual catastrophe for political gain.” You must think you are a magician to pull the figure of $50 million out of the air and say EPURA had 26 years to fix it (the mall area.) Do you think Sharon would have gone for that? Think again. And where do you get this “political gain?”
I have one question for you, Mr. Van Horn. Your being a “home town” boy, guessing having lived here all your life, why do you not like EPURA? You know and I am sure many others do as well, through the years the Town has been good to you as a professional surveyor-perhaps the only one for many years. My question is: You do not live in the town limits but in the county. Tell me, why are you so belligerent and pugnacious regarding EPURA?
My last statement. VOTE NO! on the issue of EPURA
Friends of EPURA