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Regarding The EPURA Election

To The Editor:

At the August 25 Town Board of Trustees meeting, the Board acted on the initiated ordinance to abolish EPURA and require a vote of the citizens if they wanted to start one in the future.  Eric Blackhurst, to his credit, had it right and suggested it belonged on the November Combined ballot. The Trustees, however, scheduled it for a special election mail ballot due Jan. 12, 2010. Bill Van Horn in a letter (Trail-Gazette Aug. 28) suggested the utter confusion and possible disenfranchisement of voters rights by this action.

Mayor Pinkham was quoted in an article in the Denver Post (Sept. 8) “Our board’s intent was to do the best thing for our town.” As a supporter of the initiated ordinance, and for the entire Estes Valley community, I beg to differ. As a town voter I can vote, while those outside town limits cannot, even though EPURA funds come from tax increment financing taken from all special taxing districts that we all are part of. This is the school district, hospital district, library district, recreation district and Larimer County also. The fire district, if it passes, would join the list of taxing districts which lose a portion of their funds with no permission.  The best thing for the Town government isn’t necessarily the best thing for our whole community.

Ralph Nicholas

Estes Park

To The Editor:
At the August 25 Town Board of Trustees meeting, the Board acted on the initiated ordinance to abolish EPURA and require a vote of the citizens if they wanted to start one in the future.  Eric Blackhurst, to his credit, had it right and suggested it belonged on the November Combined ballot. The Trustees, however, scheduled it for a special election mail ballot due Jan. 12, 2010. Bill Van Horn in a letter (Trail-Gazette Aug. 28) suggested the utter confusion and possible disenfranchisement of voters rights by this action.
Mayor Pinkham was quoted in an article in the Denver Post (Sept. 8) “Our board’s intent was to do the best thing for our town.” As a supporter of the initiated ordinance, and for the entire Estes Valley community, I beg to differ. As a town voter I can vote, while those outside town limits cannot, even though EPURA funds come from tax increment financing taken from all special taxing districts that we all are part of. This is the school district, hospital district, library district, recreation district and Larimer County also. The fire district, if it passes, would join the list of taxing districts which lose a portion of their funds with no permission.  The best thing for the Town government isn’t necessarily the best thing for our whole community.
Ralph Nicholas
Estes Park

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