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Not In Favor Of EPURA


To the Editor,

The map and areas involved published by the Town in preparation for the EPURA special election is far from informative.

The EPURA “blighted area” (shown in red) is only 0.49 sq. mi. but it includes most of the valuable commercial retail real estate in the town. It even snakes its way to include Stanley Fairgrounds, which is owned by the town and hence pays no property tax. It was obviously included when the new “blighted area” was defined in 2008 so funds diverted from other taxing districts could be spent there on town-owned property.

Of course the largest revenue stream for the town is the sales tax which the trustees control.

They have not committed any of this to EPURA, and in fact by intergovernmental agreement do not allow EPURA to approve any projects above $100,000 unless approved by the Board of Trustees.

This may be your last chance in the next 24 years to have your voice heard by the Town of Estes Park. Vote YES before Jan. 12 to protect your voting rights and the taxing rights of every other local taxing district.

Ralph Nicholas

Estes Park

To the Editor,
The map and areas involved published by the Town in preparation for the EPURA special election is far from informative.
The EPURA “blighted area” (shown in red) is only 0.49 sq. mi. but it includes most of the valuable commercial retail real estate in the town. It even snakes its way to include Stanley Fairgrounds, which is owned by the town and hence pays no property tax. It was obviously included when the new “blighted area” was defined in 2008 so funds diverted from other taxing districts could be spent there on town-owned property.
Of course the largest revenue stream for the town is the sales tax which the trustees control.
They have not committed any of this to EPURA, and in fact by intergovernmental agreement do not allow EPURA to approve any projects above $100,000 unless approved by the Board of Trustees.
This may be your last chance in the next 24 years to have your voice heard by the Town of Estes Park. Vote YES before Jan. 12 to protect your voting rights and the taxing rights of every other local taxing district.
Ralph Nicholas
Estes Park

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