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As a 21-year resident with an address of Pagosa Springs and owner of an office building in town boundaries of Pagosa Springs, I wish to highlight a matter of contention between residents of town proper and the rest of us that live in the same ZIP Code zone.
Most are aware that the town of Pagosa Springs is in a quagmire of proposals for development, growth, and funding. The selections of options is made by town employees and/or town elected officials as well as by voter ballot options. The funding for the endeavors is primarily provided by taxes from town property, both business and residential. As the greater part of the town coffers stem from commercial input, it would seem that the commercial owners would have a right to vote on the issues and the elected officials making the decisions. Surveys show that most of the town’s commercial properties are owned and operated by non-town residents, who therefore cannot vote on the future of our town and its related costs, or for the officials that determine the way forward.
Change is needed. “Taxation without representation” was the basis that founded this nation. It is time for justice. Let property owners vote like town residents. What are you afraid of?
Editor’s note: A clarification: The major source of town revenue is not property tax. It is sales tax.