The Politics of EPURA
To The Editor:
In support of continuing EPURA by VOTING NO, I walked the downtown stores this weekend and got to meet store owners and managers. After meeting with a couple, I realized that this decision had some ideological views as to the expansion of government and taxation concerns. During a discussion with a local owner, he expressed his desire to reduce government and taxes. That gave me the opportunity to explain that there is NO increase in taxation. The money that EPURA uses to fund its projects comes from the increased amount of property values and sales tax that EPURA helped to increase. They asked if EPURA was abolished wouldn’t that give more money to the school and other districts?
The answer is NO. The money that is used by EPURA is the city’s Revenue from taxation. The city can still use the money for projects that EPURA has done in the past – they just will have more restrictions, red tape and liabilities for the city. The city supports EPURA because it is a tremendous tool they can use to get improvements done. These folks were not happy with EPURA because of their view of the projects and I agreed that the wrong leadership in any organization is just bad news. Simple put the people voted in the Trustees and the Mayor into office to perform the duties involved in running the city. As a matter of fact the Mayor won with a 2 to 1 vote for him. That is a landslide! The trustees won by a very decent margin.
My point is that Estes Park elected the city officials to do the city’s business, if we don’t like it we need new officials. I for one, appreciate and can see and understand their progress that has been made through their leadership and selection of EPURA board members. We the people have the ability to inspire the Mayor and Trustees to eliminate EPURA anytime or to have them replace the appointed board members if they do not perform their job efficiently and effectively. We the people do not need to micro manage the Mayor and Trustees. They have done a great job and we need to trust their judgment, pay attention, and ask questions. Participation in our city government is the key to the city’s continued progress and improvements. VOTE NO to keep EPURA.
Estes Park, Colorado