Right to vote

Dear Editor:

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?

Sepp Ramsperger

Editor’s note: A clarification: The major source of town revenue is not property tax. It is sales tax.

This story was posted on March 21, 2013.

One Response to Right to vote

  1. Kong

    March 25, 2013 at 1:50 am

    I can’t disagree more. I too am a town business owner and live only 5 minutes from my business in the county. I don’t get to vote and I knew that when I picked my residence and founded my business. It drives me crazy when people make their choices and thern try to change the rules because they don’t like the consequences of their choice.
    I am unhappy with much of what comes out of local government. But I can move if I’m that concerned. I can certainluy express my opinion in many ways.
    By the way, where should the new voter line be drawn? Arboles? 5 miles from the border? 2 miles? ridiculous.