Voting To Abolish EPURA
To The Editor:
I will vote Yes to abolish EPURA because of its detrimental powers given to the town Trustees without the necessity of seeking voter approval.
However, some additional historical facts, largely omitted by the opposition, should be presented for your consideration. The Town Trustees and EPURA Commissioners did not initiate the action that resulted in the Knoll-Willows open space. Bud Hampton and several dozen volunteers presented so many signatures to the Board of Trustees, from both inside town limits and in the valley, that they were forced into action by grass roots voters. Just a few years earlier the EPURA Commissioners had voted to donate a portion of the Knoll for a National Elk Foundation Museum without any plans whatever for the remainder of the Knoll.
The “blighted area” set up in the new EPURA contains nearly all commercial retail space on Elkhorn, Moraine and Hwy. 7, and goes down Manford to include the Stanley Fairgrounds. Their intention is to take all possible tax increment monies from the business community and spend it on the fairgrounds without a vote of the people.
All this is possible if they are allowed to keep EPURA for another 24 years.