No center, yes tax

Dear Editor:

We as a community are hung up and deeply divided on the issue of the indoor rec center, but our common ground is this: Recreation is the desire.

In our fall countywide election, let’s pass the one-cent sales tax and split its proceeds evenly between the town and the county, leaving the sales tax in place for seven years. This would generate approximately $900,000 per entity annually. Each year, both the town and the county should provide their own lists of recreation-based projects to be completed without debt. Let’s finish the town-to-lakes path; enhance the river walk and components; extend existing trails to interconnect with the Forest Service’s; build an amphitheater; and provide education on and directions to our wonderful features.

Let’s encourage people to visit Pagosa Springs and use these amenities, increasing the revenue within our community. We must clearly construct our concept; be transparent in its presentation to voters; spend our money wisely; and feature our recreational opportunities that will be used by the majority of the taxpayers and appeal to a broad tourist base.

People come to Pagosa for its beauty and its outdoor activities. Let’s foster what we have and endeavor to make it even better.

It is time to collect taxes to complete projects we’ve all waited for. We can responsibly improve our recreation without borrowing.

J.R. Ford

This story was posted on March 27, 2014.

2 Responses to No center, yes tax

  1. Billy Skipper

    March 27, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    What J.R. is proposing is precisely what is happening now, an even split of sales tax to be used according to each entity’s wishes. What proof do we have to ensure it will be spent more wisely than it has been, lately?

  2. ajpagosa

    March 31, 2014 at 6:16 am

    Well we already have ample proof the new 1% rec center tax will be spent 100% irresponsibly, at the expense of much needed infrastructure. So anything JR suggests is an improvement over that.

    Nice letter JR.