Letter: ‘No’ on RFTA mill levy
Isn’t it obvious how out of touch the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) is with the average local homeowner. They are spending a lot of money on a blitz campaign to pass an exorbitant property tax increase that will significantly raise both homeowners’ and commercial property taxes in order to “maintain high standards and keep up with population growth.”
However, they planned their first public meeting at 9-11 a.m. on a Thursday morning when the average family is working and couldn’t attend. Does that sound like they are in touch with what we want. Hardly.
Wake up RFTA. I’m a senior and a local homeowner just trying to keep up with my monthly bills, my mortgage and the Roaring Fork Valley’s continual cost-of-living increases. I came here in 1975 and have, I believe, contributed enough and don’t need another property tax increase.
It appears to me that you have futuristic ideas but have no idea of how to pay for them without taxing the average homeowner and placing a major burden on Roaring Fork businesses. I thought that economic development meant being friendly to local businesses and not making it impossible for them to flourish.
In the past two or so years, there has been a significant influx of people moving to Colorado (10,000 a month to Denver alone and about 20,000 per month from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs). Several are coming to Colorado to avoid inflated property taxes, which are significantly higher than Colorado in their home states. Ironically, in some areas of the country where the property taxes have escalated, property values have decreased.
From what I have seen, so far, RFTA has spent a lot of money trying to entice local families and businesses to pay for their ideas, but very little time exploring other financial avenues on how to pay for them and they already receive money from local sales taxes and were recently awarded a federal grant for $2.2 million, which, I believe, will pay for some of the items that RFTA is asking us to fund in this bond issue (such as electric buses).
Please vote “no” on RFTA’s proposed November 2018 property tax increase; it is detrimental to the average residential voter and a major setback for the local business owners. If it passes, it will affect our property taxes till the year 2026 and it will only increase in the future. RFTA’s futuristic ideas can wait. We all need a break from property tax increases.
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