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Council passes on rec center survey

Staff Writer

VIEW 1After much discussion, the Pagosa Springs town council decided at this week’s meeting not to allow councilor Kathie Lattin to mail out a survey designed to obtain feedback on a proposed community recreation center.

“It was actually our opinion at one time that we shouldn’t do a survey,” Lattin explained, referring to the other members of the community task force advocating for the rec center, “but town council asked us to do the survey, and allow them to review the questions. That’s why we are bringing the questions to you today.”

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This story was posted on December 5, 2013.
  • Brian Griffin

    I read the full article, plus Mr. Isberg’s editorial mentioning how council is “passing the buck” to the citizens on the rec center. With trustees like Mr. Cotton and Mr. Aragon still on board (albeit temporarily), this in itself is not a bad idea. However, Karl should know enough about TABOR and state statute by now to realize council cannot simply render a decision on the rec center because the proposed financing mechanism is a 1-penny sales tax increase. Such a proposal MUST go before the voters – it is state law. Secondly, perhaps Ed Fincher should pay closer attention when at the council meetings (he was not at the meeting he recently “reported” on, I understand). Neither Mr. Weiler, nor anyone else, for that matter, ever said the 1-penny amount ONLY covered debt service, etc. The 1-penny would cover construction, debt service and a portion of operating expenses. Educate yourselves, employees of The SUN, before you attempt to “educate” your readers. Nice try, I give you the usual grade of C-.

  • Ryan Beavers

    Its really cute how the paper phrased the tax increase as a 1 cent sales tax increase. I believe it would be more honest to say a 1% increase in sales tax. A one cent sales tax increase implies that regardless of the purchase you’ll only pay a penny, which is not the case. Since sales tax stands at 6.9% in Pagosa a 1% increase in sales tax will raise sales taxes by 14%. I’m sure raising taxes this much on small businesses will create a booming economy in our small community(sarc)

    • Brian Griffin

      You’re the same person who suggested there are 56,000 people in Cortez (at the most recent rec center meeting), right? Better do some research next time. There are only 25,000 people in Montezuma County and only about 8,600 in Cortez. I hope you didn’t use such inflated numbers when formulating your business plan for your downtown pawn shop or you, like many ill-prepared “businessmen” won’t be in biz for long.

    • Brian Griffin

      Yeah, no. Actually, a one-cent and 1 percent increase, in this instance, at least, mean the same thing. “Percent” literally means per hundred. So, 1 percent, in this case, means 1 cent (since there are 100 cents in a dollar). Try to keep up.

  • ajpagosa

    Really appalling the way this is being handled and misrepresented by proponents. Much better explanation and expose’ over on the Pagosa Daily Post website.

    Mainly this is a 1% tax increase on EVERYONE in Archuleta county, for 20 YEARS (!) but only the 900 actual residents within the City of Pagosa Springs are allowed to vote on it. In today’s dollars approx $2M/yr for 20 years when operating expenses, construction, bond interest etc are included.

    Great deal for them, except when the anticipated revenue doesn’t materialize and they have to cut other services to pay for their nice shiny new exercise toys no one is using (yeah like those infomercial ab machines gathering dust in the attic…or like the community center). This is typical small town mismanagement, corruption, and outright greed at its worst. But it’s for the ch…ch… ch…children (sob)!

    Looking forward to boycotting ALL Pagosa retail if this goes through.

  • wisedecision

    This is the same thing that happened with the fiasco regarding the ski lift on Reservoir Hill. Why won’t the town council do a survey instead of spending more time and money on this idea? Rec centers are very expensive, not only to build, but to maintain. Most municipalities that build them have a hard time paying for them. Most centers were built during the boom era in the 2000s when towns and cities thought they had a lot of money, which quickly disappeared. I live within the township on a DIRT ROAD. There are hardly any street lights except for the downtown area. We have infrastructure problems, yet the council keeps coming up with ideas to spend money we don’t have on recreation ideas. Tourists are not going to come because we have a rec center. It will not be self sustaining. We will be taxed more and more. Town council, please pay attention to what the taxpayers want and need.

    • Brian Griffin

      Your comments show how much you know about the proposal, which is very little. All assumptions. Visit Town Hall if you care to know everything about this initiative.