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EPURA Is Vital To Our Future

To the Editor:
Without  EPURA, our Town would not have the tools and wherewithal to continue to improve and keep up. Without the additional revenues it produces from its improvements–its only source of revenue –as we go forward, we will no longer be able to progress and improve as we have during the last 25 years. And, as our competition continues to improve, we will tend to lose market share as we become a bit less attractive place to visit, to live, to work, and to show off to our friends and family.
For a tourist based economy, that would be bad news indeed, as by far the largest part of our general fund comes from sales tax. Read: visitor dollars.
As to our property tax:-Schools get 45%, the County receives 32%, the Hospital,-11%, the Library, 5.5% and Park and Recreation, 3.4%.-That amounts to 96%. And what is our Town’s share? An anemic 2.45%.
Without EPURA our Town simply will not have the stuff to do the job we want and need to be done.  EPURA has one assignment: Improvement. And improve Estes Park it has.-Has EPURA done all there is to do?-Are we through improving Estes Park? Not on you life.
Let’s continue to improve and move forward. To do so, we need EPURA. I urge you to think about this and to learn more in the coming weeks. When you do, I believe you will join me in voting “NO” on-scrapping an agency that has done much and, in the future, will have more to do for our quality of life in Estes Park.
Jim Cope
Former Commissioner
Estes Park Urban Renewal Authority

To the Editor:

Without  EPURA, our Town would not have the tools and wherewithal to continue to improve and keep up. Without the additional revenues it produces from its improvements–its only source of revenue –as we go forward, we will no longer be able to progress and improve as we have during the last 25 years. And, as our competition continues to improve, we will tend to lose market share as we become a bit less attractive place to visit, to live, to work, and to show off to our friends and family.

For a tourist based economy, that would be bad news indeed, as by far the largest part of our general fund comes from sales tax. Read: visitor dollars.

As to our property tax:-Schools get 45%, the County receives 32%, the Hospital,-11%, the Library, 5.5% and Park and Recreation, 3.4%.-That amounts to 96%. And what is our Town’s share? An anemic 2.45%.

Without EPURA our Town simply will not have the stuff to do the job we want and need to be done.  EPURA has one assignment: Improvement. And improve Estes Park it has.-Has EPURA done all there is to do?-Are we through improving Estes Park? Not on you life.

Let’s continue to improve and move forward. To do so, we need EPURA. I urge you to think about this and to learn more in the coming weeks. When you do, I believe you will join me in voting “NO” on-scrapping an agency that has done much and, in the future, will have more to do for our quality of life in Estes Park.

Jim Cope

Former Commissioner

Estes Park Urban Renewal Authority

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