another_local 8 years, 9 months ago on Wall trial gets started

Boatski, Read the story again. It is the prosecutor, not the defense, that is calling these witnesses. It does not seem to be going well for the prosecution if they can't find anyone that saw Wall have more than a single drink.


another_local 8 years, 9 months ago on City resolving sign code issue

I like the idea of picking up the signs that are in violation and having the broker come get them. That would solve things quickly with a lot less noise.


another_local 8 years, 9 months ago on Rob Douglas: Something's got to give

aworker, I don't think Rob tries to present his columns as anything other than opinion. The fact that they appear in a newspaper does not make them news. They are, and have always been presented as commentary, i.e. opninion.

There are a number of commentary pieces that appear weekly in this paper an in many others. Rob's is one of them.


another_local 8 years, 9 months ago on City: Follow rules on river

I am a fisherman. The tubers really should put in at Fetcher but the fishermen need to lighten up. Tubers are a 4-6 week issue during some of the worst fishing of the year and they use a short section of the river during the heat of the day which is also not the best time to fish.


another_local 8 years, 9 months ago on Rob Douglas: Something's got to give

Id, Since you don't shop here, why do you care about the sales tax? You just want to advocate a property tax that you would not have to pay.

In the end we all use the schools. Your parents generation paid for your education. We pay for our children's generation and they pay for their children's. We all benefit from an educated population. That is simply the way it works.

Funny that Horizons, Libarary, Schools and open spaces are all paid for with property tax though. All were also passed on ballot issues where the people paying had the opportunity to vote.

Facts first, Hobbling along on sales tax? What do you base that on? Our community has a tax base that 99% of towns our size would be glad to trade for. Sales tax revenues have increased quite a bit faster than inflation. In the last 10 years, sales tax revenue to the city is up by 8 million which is a ~70% increase. Our problem is spending.

Inevitable? Mature? A property tax under the amendments that govern it here in Colorado would simply burden local employers and drive small business away. It is not the owners of commercial property that pay the tax, it is the small business that rents the building that pays. The tax on the property is 4X the rate on a home. Why should the owner of a store or restaurant that earns the same amount as a plumber or an electrician pay $10,000 - $15,000 more in taxes than that plumber does? There is nothing wrong with a sales tax model for our city.

Despite the misinformation that is out there, sales tax revenues are consistent, predictable and have grown reliably for years. Our sales tax rates are not unusual or high compared with most places. A potential single digit decline should not be causing panic. Businesses have to deal with that kind of change on a regular basis.

There is also a mistaken belief out there that property tax is somehow more reliable than sales tax. Do you suppose that markets where property values fall that owners do not press for lower assessed values, that propterty tax revenue does not fall with the value?


another_local 8 years, 9 months ago on Rob Douglas: Something's got to give

Id, there you go again advocating a property tax that you would not have to pay. It is pretty easy to support taxes someone else will have to pay isn't it?

For every dollar a city property tax would collect 20 cents would come from second home owners. It would be nice for people that don't live in town though, I'll give you that... but you already knew that right?

Sales taxes are just fine as a funding source. A 4% variation on income is something that should not present a management problem to deal with.

The problem here is spending.


another_local 8 years, 9 months ago on Betty Leipold: No to art fee

aviator, I have also attended quite a few art fairs. Outside of the big ones like at McCormick Place in Chicago, I have never seen an admission fee. Certainly never where the fair was held on public property such as a street or a park.

When it comes to supporting the arts council, I have done so as a member with a much greater contribution than $1. That does not change my opinion that the admission fee is poor idea.

I have also attended this event for many years. The support for the arts council, in this case, comes from the booth fees that exhibitors pay. The booth fees are justified by traffic and sales. Traffic is hurt by charging admission.


another_local 8 years, 9 months ago on Our View: Council, Lanning must part ways

424, the reason we have not heard from Lanning has been stated in each story about him: "Lanning declined to comment"

Regarding other members, there have been quotes and comments from several of the council members over the last week or two. Even this story contains input from more than the two you mention.

Lewi, ask around about how the tax audits are being conducted. They are time consuming harrasment of businesses which continue even after the initial rewiew of numbers shows no issues. It is not the fact of the audits, but rather the approach taken and pointless detail which make them a problem. These are not, for the most part, productive audits.