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Responsible vote

Dear Editor:

Some three decades ago the Town approached the County with the idea of a shared county sales tax. After much discussion and finding little downside, the tax idea was given to the voters who approved it.

A major benefit in the joint sales tax is the elimination of the competition of each entity vying for their own tax. That competition would only have lead to increased taxes for everyone. This agreement has served both entities very well.

The Town and County both depend upon this sales tax to do the business of serving its citizens. The Town operates almost exclusively on their half (two percent) of this sales tax.

Concerning the proposed new one percent tax: This represents a fifty percent increase in the Town’s income, with no increase for the county, which will be dedicated solely to recreation. Would any responsible family, if offered a fifty percent one time increase in their income for the next twenty to twenty five years, spend it only on recreation? Might they consider their mortgage, home repairs, children’s education, or retirement? Why should government act any less responsibly than a family?

To jeopardize this longtime, successful and beneficial relationship with the County for this ill-timed and ill-conceived notion of a recreation center today is simply wrong. A no vote on the recreation center proposal is the responsible thing to do.

Darrel Cotton

This story was posted on March 6, 2014.
  • Penny Onnadalla

    Don’t mind Cotton, he doesn’t even count, anymore. Funny and ironic you get a lecture from this guy speaking to responsible government. It is he and Aragon who are restricting the info available to the public on this issue, then crying about not getting any info. Crooked as ever. Vote yes and show them both the door at he same time.

    • jacblack07

      Worth 4.5 Billion Pennies of Debt? Vote NO!

      • Penny Onnadalla

        Crooked as EVER. Don’t pretend to understand it, you clearly do not.

        • jblack

          Vote NO on a financial Wreck center.

          • Billy Skipper

            That’s cute. Just found out dad and Darrell will absolutely not be joining us after April 8. Elated.

          • jblack

            that is funny! so naive to be “elated” they will still be around in many ways…

          • Penny Onnadalla

            No, their day is done, thankfully. Are you implying they would continue to try to hold this town back like they did for decades? Good luck. Time for a new, progressive era, whether you, dad and Darrell like it or not.

          • jblack

            gosh, you know everything. do i smell a giant sense of inflated ego? wow.

          • Penny Onnadalla

            No, I just like to get the details before I run with something.

          • jblack

            And your sense of progressive = irresponsible and risky spending. I am in the age of the new era and I believe in and respect our leaders. The leaders who have brought us financially to the place that makes you feel like we should blow millions on a wreck center! I have lots of friends my age who feel the same as me. So you can stop with the new progressive era BS anytime. Christine.

          • Penny Onnadalla

            Glad you have a lot of friends. Not Christine, though. You don’t want it, don’t vote for it. What, then, shall we spend the money on?

          • jblack

            Oh a lot of things. I can go outside to recreate.
            Repair and maintain Streets, Alleys and Sidewalks. Support for Police, Recreation Programs, Community Events, Complete the Riverwalk, Town to Lakes Trail, River Restoration, Town Park & Reservoir Hill amenities. Smaller, more sensible Rec Center when Pagosa economy improves.

            And don’t forget to “pretend” you didn’t hear these suggestions.

          • Other Brother

            Pagosa economy IS improving, that is the point. You mentioned rec programs, think of all you could offer with a rec center. The rec center would not hinder the things you mention. Why do you think it would?

        • jblack

          Ballot Measure A, with a debt of up to $44.9 million saddled to one small portion of our population, is not the right approach. The proposed rec center is too expensive, too large, too poorly planned, and too financially risky.

          Please vote NO on Measure A.

          • Billy Skipper

            Sound like Darrell. Don’t be scared, folks. Penny on the dollar is all it will ever cost you. Period.

          • jblack

            4.5 billion pennies potentially spent on a poorly planned center!

          • Hobknobbin

            So first the tax is unfair because everyone in the county would have to pay it within town limits, now you’re sayin it’s just the town that is responsible? Can’t have it both ways. Your side sounds more confused, to be honest. If I could vote, I think it would be yes, at this point.