I went to the Cloverhill District meeting held by Art Warren (Kudos to
him for having such an open meeting and allowing the citizens he
represents to be heard). Sadly, only about a dozen people were there. I
asked an elderly gentlemen who was sitting next to me if he would record
my statement, but apparently he missed the "on" button.
However, a RTD reporter was there and approached me after the meeting
and asked if he could use my quotes from the statement I made, so be
looking for that.
Anyway, after three county officials,
including Mr. warren, did their PP presentation to explain to us why we
must have the bonds approved and the new meals tax to go along with
them, the floor was opened to questions/statements. I said that I am not
surprised at how the county is trying to sell us on the new tax. They
say that it's "only two-cents," no big deal. But I reminded the folks
there that the federal government keeps finding new and creative ways
to increase our taxes, we just had the biggest tax increase in the
history of our state, thanks to a "conservative" Republican governor,
and now the county looks to get into the action. I stated that the
tax-payers are not a bottomless pit of money that the county can just
dip into any time it needs more money.
I then pointed out the
salaries of some of the county bureaucracy and asked why we haven't
heard anything from the county about where they can cut some spending or
get rid of unnecessary positions in order to come up with some of the
money they need. We never hear anything about cutting spending, just new
ways to raise taxes. I was thanked for my concerns and for stating
them, but was told that the PP show should be evidence enough of the
need for a new tax. There were a couple of people there who seem to be
OK with paying another tax, but most of the folks didn't say anything.
I finished by saying to Mr. Warren and the BoS, "Please, just stop!
Stop trying to raise money by ALWAYS looking to raise a tax or fee and
try to cut spending for once." The bottom line? VOTE NO ON THE MEALS TAX
AND THE BOND ISSUES.