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Majority of Parkites willing to pay higher taxes for Treasure buyout - The Park Record

There are 15 comments on the Park Record story from Dec 20, 2011, titled Majority of Parkites willing to pay higher taxes for Treasure buyout - The Park Record. In it, Park Record reports that:

Approximately seventy-three percent of Parkites who responded to a City Hall poll last summer, nearly three out of every four people, indicated they are willing to pay at least something additional in property taxes to finance a buyout of the Treasure partnership's development rights.

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Summit County Resident

Ogden, UT

#1 Dec 20, 2011
Boy am I glad I don't live in Park City proper. I live just outside the city line and all I can say is, WHEW!!!!
Mature person

Mclean, VA

#2 Dec 20, 2011
BAD BAD Headline.... Should read "Majority of Polled Parkites... etc. The reality here is that if you use the numbers in the story, you'll see that only 348 people responded to the poll. That's approx. 6.27% of the 5544 registered voters in Park City as of this past November's elections. I pity anyone in Park City who allows such a small sample as this to sway sentiment to a buyout on the back of the taxpayers.

Saint George, UT

#3 Dec 20, 2011
Put me down as someone that IS NOT willing to pay more in taxes!!!!
Mike Sweeney for Mayor

Las Vegas, NV

#4 Dec 20, 2011
If you use the numbers, you'll see the price tag is going to be $248,000,000.00 !!!
PC Resident

Park City, UT

#5 Dec 20, 2011
Interesting...I don't know anyone who was asked to participate in this poll. How were the respondents identified and contacted? Was this a scientific poll or a poll designed to elicit the "right answer"? I have been a registered voter in PC for years and I was not contacted. Did they only ask Old Town residents?

Something smells rotten here, but I can tell you, the politicos are setting up for a fight to the death to line the pockets of some of their good old boy buddies. All one has to do is to look across the Atlantic at some of our big spending, profligate, socialist run countries to see where this leads.

Arcadia, CA

#6 Dec 20, 2011
Well isn't that special of the Parkites since they pay 40% less in property taxes than homeowners who live out of state
not enough info

Mebane, NC

#7 Dec 21, 2011
Without seeing the numbers there's no way to take a position. Having an ugly office-park style development on the hillside above old town is not going to be good for my investment so it would be worth some amount to assure that doesn't happen, the question is how much.

Also I've never heard a straight answer on why the proposed project is twice the sq footage that was approved, or if there is even any truth to that.

Another thing to remember is if the city were to buy the land, the city/taxpayers would then own that asset, so the money wouldn't necessarily be gone forever, the land could be resold at some point for some scaled back development. In theory the taxpayers could even profit but I wouldn't hold my breath on that. The more they overpay for it in this deal reduces the percentage that could be recovered. Again it all comes down to the numbers.
Not me

Salt Lake City, UT

#8 Dec 21, 2011
Well, I guess we won't be able to see what the real interest is in taxing to fund a buyout until it is actually put to voters. I know I won't vote for it, and all of my neighbors said they won't vote for it. We must not have been one of the small sampling of erstwhile voters contacted.

Ogden, UT

#9 Dec 21, 2011
The Treasure questions were part of the National Citizens Survey presented to the City Council on December 15. The entire survey respones/summary is found on the City website under Council Business. The Treasure response is on page 62: . It is a statistically valid survey, although Jay didn't mention all of the rest of the survey. To say that nearly 3/4 would pay something for a Treasure total buyout bond is something of a misnomer. The highest response was None at 28%. A majority (56%) would pay $0-$100. The consultant at the Council meeting said the mean or average (I don't recall which) was $175. There is no way the buyout cost is going to come out that low. I would be in the None category if asked.

And yes, this was only a survey of residents, not part-time homeowners.
not enough info

Mebane, NC

#10 Dec 21, 2011
Townie wrote:
I would be in the None category if asked.
That is interesting. You would not be willing to pay so much as one dollar a year,$15 total, to buy out that land?
not enough info

Mebane, NC

#11 Dec 21, 2011
By the way Townie thanks for the link.

The survey data is a little odd how it is presented from the standpoint that reading across the row you would expect the numbers to sum. That is to say, 17% would be willing to pay $500 or more per year, 22% would be willing to pay up to $499, 29% would be willing to pay up to $399, 34% up to $299, 45% up to $199, 58% up to $99, 73% up to $49, and everyone is on board if it were free. That may not be a valid interpretation of the responses in the last category, but for all the other responses you have to assume if someone is willing to pay $500 for something they would be happy to get it for $50.
Caveat Emptor

Midvale, UT

#12 Dec 21, 2011
I appreciate PR's attempt to sample public opinion. One must wonder what the folks who actually pay property taxes will have to say.....

Just happy to be an "Extended" Parkite (84098).....

Springfield, MO

#13 Dec 22, 2011
HA HA wrote:
Well isn't that special of the Parkites since they pay 40% less in property taxes than homeowners who live out of state
I suppose if you don't want to support the community via property taxes, maybe you reconsider whether or not you want to be a part time resident. Property taxes help maintain the community that you apparently like.
PC Resident

Park City, UT

#14 Dec 23, 2011
How was this survey distributed? Was it sent to a random sample or was there a notice that the survey was available online for anyone interested? It makes all the difference. One could be scientifically defensible under certain conditions, the other, never.
84098 Resident

United States

#15 Dec 23, 2011
I'm sure the park record's survey is absolutely reliable. Just like their solid news coverage. HA!

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