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Almost criminal

Dear Editor:

As the former Pagosa Fire Protection District fire chief, I will not vote to support the tax increase for the community recreation center. Borrowing 18 million dollars and paying back 44 million dollars over 25 years is almost criminal. The yearly payments on this bond are almost one-third the total yearly town budget.

What happens when the tax revenues per year do not meet the bond payment? The money then has to be taken from the general fund to meet the bond obligation.

That will suspend other projects that have already have been half completed, the trails system, the riverwalk and the city roads that need maintenance, sidewalks. We should take care of our infrastructure before we take on any new expensive projects.

The sales tax in this community rises and falls with the economy, it is not guaranteed to make the amount required to satisfy the bond payment. This is not the time to take on this huge obligation to build something we do not need. Please vote no on this tax increase.

Warren J. Grams

This story was posted on February 27, 2014.
  • Billy Skipper

    Another uninformed citizen. Too bad The Sun has taken so long to cover this issue, and, after what I was exposed to today regarding the rec center article on the front page, The Sun will do well to avoid a lawsuit which very well could be filed by one of the parties quoted in said article if a full and accurate retraction is not printed in the same space next week. I haven’t bee here very long, but I can already tell you I understand more about the rec center issue than most of the self-proclaimed legends of this community. Sad.

  • Billy Skipper

    You know what’s almost criminal? The fact that a guy who earned his living and retirement from tax dollars is permitted to make false statements regarding a tax initiative that will benefit the entire community, not just him. Irony. At least when Isberg was editor, the letters came with some notes of clarification. $45 million is a mythical number; it’s in the ballot language, but does anyone know why? The Sun knows, but won’t tell you. Why???