Letters to the Editor
I have just recently moved to Eagle, and when I go out to shop, I go to Glenwood, and my first stop is always True Value.
It is not only the closest hardware store, but it also has able and efficient help, which you certainly don’t get in a big-box store.
So, keep this hardware store here ” don’t take it away because the school board and politicians “think” they have a better use for this space.
I don’t think so.
Mary Lou Mosteller
The community development department, whose only purpose is to interface with developers and builders, operates consistently with less income from fees than the cost to the tax base.
Many of these developers and builders are not residents of Glenwood Springs or in some cases not even within the state.
They may request annexation from county property to the city since the density permitted within the city zoning rules allow more buildings than the county. Thus the developer has increased profit.
Or the developer may have to submit a subdivision plan for approval or a request for a variance to maximize the number or size of the buildings that would be allowed within the standard city codes.
All these actions must be reviewed and approved by the community development department.
From 1998 to today, a period that includes both the previous and the present council and administration, the average annual tax subsidy required by the community development department to provide services to the developers and builders is $359,000 per year. The largest annual subsidy was $449,000, with lesser amounts prior to 2001.
To put that subsidy into context, the total expenditure for streets, sidewalks, road reconstruction and repaving in 2004 was $350,976. Less than the tax subsidy spent each year to provide these services to developers and builders.
Yet the City Council wants new taxes to fix “potholes” in the streets.
Stan and Carol Peggy Stevens
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