Sales tax increase would help meet Es...

Sales tax increase would help meet Estes Park needs

There are 5 comments on the Estes Park Trail-Gazette story from Jan 30, 2014, titled Sales tax increase would help meet Estes Park needs. In it, Estes Park Trail-Gazette reports that:

Estes Park residents have not been shy about telling town officials what services they want and expect from their tax dollars.

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Rex Beistle

United States

#1 Jan 30, 2014
In part, the article states
"Or, after running the numbers, a 1 percent sales tax increase for 10 years would accomplish the same thing - without the painful, and possibly harmful, cuts.

The tax, essentially one penny for every dollar spent,...."

What is claimed as a 1% sales tax increase is actually a 25% tax increase. Adding "...essentially one penny for every dollar..." changes the rate to 5%. Increasing the rate to 5% is a 25% increase to the town's present 4% sales tax rate.

Perhaps a 25% increase in the town's sales tax rate is necessary, I certainly do not know. If it is necessary, those promoting the additional tax should be honest in describing the 25% increase.
Just A Thought

Estes Park, CO

#2 Jan 31, 2014
If the town had not promised to monetarily support The Performing Arts, waste money re-doing Bond Park, build a 300 car parking lot which no body uses, build a multi level parking structure at the Visitor Center, and who knows what other useless projects, it wouldn't have to ask for a tax rate increase so Estes Park could be like Vail, Steamboat, etc. This is Estes Park. Let's keep it that way.

Loveland, CO

#3 Jan 31, 2014
I feel that the tax increase is absolutely necessary in order to maintain ethnic purity.

Estes Park, CO

#4 Feb 2, 2014
Mt Lancaster and our town leaders are trying to convince us that if we don't pass the 1% sales tax increase Estes Park will dry up and die, right? What they fail to tell us is that are other ways to raise funds, such as grants. Also, sneaking this issue on the ballot riding on the back of the Anschults Wellness Center and Lot 4 is just that, sneaky. I also read sometime back that somebody asked for a description of the 50-60 well paying jobs and their comensorate salaries would be that the Anschultz Wellness Center would provide. Has anybody seen them? Another question is "Why do we need TWO wellness centers (The Anschultz and The Community Wellness Center proposed by The EVRPD)?
Rand Paul

Loveland, CO

#5 Feb 2, 2014
As the 21st Century progresses, it will continue to require ever more tax dollars to keep SS Pork hokey enough to satisfy the town's residents and tourists.

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