Letter: Vote ‘Maybe’ on 7A
RFTA is asking for a 2.65 mill levy increase to our property taxes to support existing operations and improve services into the future. They are asking for this property tax increase because they have already maxed out the amount of sales tax they can get from some jurisdictions.
RFTA is stating that if they do not get this increase, they might have to cut services by as much as 20 percent. RFTA’s first point from its mission statement (from their web page) is that they will be financially sustainable and accountable to the public.
Carbondale and Aspen pay RFTA 1 percent of their sales tax revenue (not including food), and other communities pay smaller but similar amounts. That $30,000 car you bought is giving RFTA $300 and that $1,000 computer or cellphone up to $10 to RFTA. The voters, of course, will decide, but if this mill levy passes, look for RFTA to come back 10 years from now to ask for another mill levy increase,
Maybe RFTA should focus on their core mission and provide fiscally responsible maintenance and replacement for existing rolling stock. Maybe we should all stop and think twice before voting “Yes” on 7A.
Look at The Post Independent from 10 years ago (Sept. 2, 2008 and Nov. 5, 2008, by Scott Condon) when RFTA was asking for a 0.4% increase in sales tax for their BRT program. They received the money and BRT has been a big success, but now they need more money to replace existing buses and, yes, expand services,
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