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$2 million a year is enough

Dear Editor,

The city of Glenwood Springs has projected a $2 million increase in sales tax revenue resulting from the Glenwood Meadows retail center. That’s $2 million or more each and every year. The Acquisition and Improvement Fund receives 31 percent of the annual sale tax revenues. That’s more than $600,000 each year.

And the city staff recently indicated that the city needed about $350,000 each year to repair and improve all the streets and roads within Glenwood Springs. One would assume that the expected tax revenues would be more than enough to cover that cost.



The Acquisition and Improvement Tax has historically funded all street and road reconstruction, repair, improvement, and maintenance. When the voters approved a tax increase for the Acquisition and Improvement Tax, the wording in the Ordinance stated: “To defray the cost of acquisition, construction, and installation of capital improvements of every kind and nature the City is from time to time authorized to undertake including, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, land, easements, rights-of-way, buildings, public works, and necessary appurtenances.” This was approved and reaffirmed in 1998 by the voters.

A $2 million increase in sales tax revenue from the Glenwood Meadows, and now the city wants $2.1 million more from the people of Glenwood Springs. And that’s in addition to the $350,000 indirect tax the city council just approved and we will pay in our telephone, cable, and gas bills.



The so-called “Street Maintenance and Construction Tax increase” deserves a no vote.

Stan Stevens

Glenwood Springs

Dear Editor,

The Grand Valley Citizens’ alliance is very concerned and disappointed with the recent Post Independent article on the county’s ongoing air quality study. The article’s text had errors and the headline was completely false and misleading.

The article states there are air-sampling monitors on Grass Mesa, an area heavily impacted by gas drilling. In fact, there are no monitors there. The headline states that auto emissions are the primary source of area pollution, which is also not true. The article and the headline give the impression that the study is finished and the results presented are final, which is completely false.

What is true is that at a public meeting on Sept. 28, the county released the first quarter results of a two-year study. The county officials at the meeting went out of their way to state that the results are preliminary, and it is far too early in the process to draw conclusions.

Of the toxins that were found in first quarter sampling, high levels of benzene were identified as a concern. While this carcinogenic chemical is found in auto exhaust, it is also found in the emissions from natural gas well condensate tanks and compressor stations.

Our hope is that the Post Independent will work with the county staff members who are involved in the study to present an accurate article and continue to report on the study’s findings as they are released quarterly over the next two years.

GVCA board and members

Peggy Utesch

secretary/treasurer

Dear Editor,

Oh, these times are a changin’. Back in the late ’80s, the town was saving downtown. Get the big noisy, dirty, stinky big trucks off Grand Avenue to make it cleaner and user-friendly. Let’s build a truck bypass like other cities. Exit 114 to 27th Street via Midland Avenue. So it was built, but the paint was not even dry when a handful of vocal residents, some city employees, said “no trucks in my quiet neighborhood,” so gone were all trucks back to downtown.

Now we need to calm the traffic more. Let’s add road hazards. Why not go one step farther and make Midland one way to the Meadows? Bypass downtown all together. Highway 82 would be trucks only.

The city has brought up the lack of parking in downtown once again. No need. Once the stores start boarding up there will be plenty of parking. No shop owners or employee parking needed.

And a note on Dale Shrull’s article on traffic, it drives home, no pun intended, the whole picture. If you live and work in Glenwood you can stand the traffic. Take the bus. That is unless you live in South Glenwood or on Midland, no buses allowed.

Yes, these times, they are a-changin’.

Ron Myers

Glenwood Springs

Dear Editor,

Colleen Truden and the Midland Avenue planters have two things in common … each is a blockade inappropriately placed, and anyone could predict the outcome. I did not vote for Colleen Truden; my gut instincts were obviously right, as her lack of experience has landed her in the position she is in.

Ms. Truden is adamant she fulfilled her promise of “reform” and “change.” Reform what? Change what? She reformed her staff (most quit under her regime), she reformed her budget (overspent within months of taking office) and changed the appearance and integrity of her office. What has she positively accomplished that has anything to do with the position for which she was elected? Has she ever actually tried a case of any kind in court? What is her success rate of convictions? Our judicial district is a good place to be right now if you are a criminal … chances are you would plea bargain out before you actually ever saw a courtroom. That scares me.

Reform and change are good, if reform and change are needed. But, if it ain’t broke, why fix it? What she has created is as much a disaster as the planters have created. (“We’re evaluating whether these things are working or not.”) Wouldn’t she rather step down with dignity and grace from a position in which she is clearly in over her head, before being disgraced by a recall election?

I am proud of myself for not voting for Colleen Truden, and even more proud that I could provide one of the many signatures required to force a recall election against her.

The people who put Colleen Truden in office will have their chance at reform and change in December. I will not be driving on Midland Avenue to cast my vote against her.

J. McAlice

Silt


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