Pat West

Pat West 13 hours, 34 minutes ago on Citizens committee could greatly impact police station project in Steamboat

Thanks for making my point. Taxes here are not high, you are lucky to have the "problem" of taxation on two homes.

You did write that your property taxes doubled, not true. The library tax may be double that of Lake Havasu City, but let's talk construction costs in AZ, vs. Steamboat, before that 2x figure has any value. How does your LHC home compare to your home in steamboat, is it 1/2 as nice? it's only worth $128k so in steamboat it's about the value of a 2bedroom Shadow Run condo. I doubt that your home in Steamboat is 2x higher quality than your LHC home, just valued on a different scale.

In fact because of the library, your property taxes increased a modest amount, that was offset by the reduction in appraised value of your town home over the last few years.

I did say the records are online. Need a link to yours? no need to dig out records, they are all online for everyone to see.

search here: http://agner.co.routt.co.us/assessor/taxweb/search.jsp

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Pat West 19 hours, 36 minutes ago on Citizens committee could greatly impact police station project in Steamboat

My point is that no one's property taxes were doubled, and property taxes are deductible on your federal income taxes, so what's the problem with a reallocation of tax revenue from the Fed's to pay for our library (or new police station).

Would you rather turn over more of your money to the black hole that is the federal government, or keep it here in the Yampa valley?

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Pat West 21 hours, 7 minutes ago on Citizens committee could greatly impact police station project in Steamboat

Jerry, I previously rebuked another posters claim to these "doubled taxes" for the library by showing from the assessors office that despite an increase in the level of taxation, during the downturn and revaluation of real estate that he wasn't paying any more in taxes than before the library tax was installed.

The county assessor shows (for example) a $400k townhome at say the Cottonwoods paid $1540 in taxes in 2007, and only $1275 in taxes this year.

The county assessors records are open for public view, on the web. Please show us your "doubled taxes" or should I post up a link to yours?

Here's my townhome, as you can see my taxes went from $1129 in 2007 to a lower $856 this year. At no time did the taxes double.

http://agner.co.routt.co.us/assessor/taxweb/account.jsp?accountNum=R8166449&doc=TaxDocument

Can you please show where your taxes doubled? or explain where my reasoning is faulty.

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Pat West 21 hours, 31 minutes ago on Yampa Valley Housing Authority board in line for new members

John, nothing is stopping Stagecoach residents from hiring a private shuttle company to service their needs, or organizing a carpool. If their was demand, it could be filled. But in our car dominated society, most residents choose to drive themselves rather than look for a public transit solution. And with gas prices super low, any incentive to carpool or establish public transportation is lost.

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Pat West 2 days, 16 hours ago on Joe Meglen: Lincoln’s birthday

I would agree that taxation is not servitude as taxation does return services to the user. Roads, Police, etc.. Not just the crack of a whip. You may not agree to the lever of service, (or taxes), but you do get a return from paying taxes.

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Pat West 1 week, 1 day ago on Free Summer Concert Series funding cut doesn't sit well with some City Council members

The city could wave the fees for Howleson hill, and police service and cut expenses for the concert series in more than what they cut their cash contribution.

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Pat West 1 week, 2 days ago on Steamboat City Council appears ready to ask public for help with police station planning

The Idaho stop is the common name for a law that allows cyclists to treat a stop sign as a yield sign, and a red light as a stop sign.

Jerry, you do realize that you can ask Google anything?

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Pat West 1 week, 2 days ago on Steamboat City Council appears ready to ask public for help with police station planning

Wrong guy, Jerry. I don't whine about bicyclists running stop signs. I support changing our city's laws to those in Idaho with regards to cyclists and stop signs.

Honestly, I thought Scottw had some good ideas about the police station, and that he would be a good person to serve on this committee, I apologize if my comments made anyone think anything else.

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Pat West 1 week, 2 days ago on Steamboat City Council appears ready to ask public for help with police station planning

I keep myself plenty busy. I generally don't have issues with those that can and do show up to run things. If I did, I would show up, and participate, but really I don't enjoy long meetings, and long winded planning. They make me irritated, impatient, and antsy for action, so I generally avoid putting myself into this state of mind. I don't I think I could do better, why do I need to participate?

Bravo to you for doing your JOB better than most, but it was your job. I appreciate having you in this job, being proactive to understanding the needs of the community. I would love to have you back in the position, maybe then we could get a bike lane on US-40.

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