Tuesday, February 8, 2005
On the Tax Policy Advisory Board, I feel like we just worked months researching how our city can best grow a healthy garden; and your Sunday Pilot's editorial interpretation of our work? Order more pesticides.
For reasons outlined in our report, the TPAB report recommends no change from our current tax structure, which is mainly sales tax. Your editorial is wrong to take that as a mandate for the city to increase marketing of Steamboat. Mandates come from the people. Sure, marketing Steamboat is a reasonable city activity to some degree, but community support of such has yet to be demonstrated. TPAB recommends a citywide vote on new tax questions, such as the LMD or URA.
Maximizing revenue can be expected from a business. City government has a more human set of community responsibilities. Your editorial respects only the instincts of a business model, not the values of your community.