Well said, should print this and post it all around town.<quoted text>
Well this is the tradeoff. Residents are for height limits. But when you place height limit on a property you lower the lot's value.
Normally, it would appear to me, and I am not pontificating just really asking if you guys and gals see it the same way, normally you do not want bigger buildings in town because you will get traffic increase, shades, etc. But the reason why you need to increase height limits is because your tax base is insufficient.
Now in our town currently we have a sufficient tax base to maintain the status quo although we are cornering ourselves with all these projects into a situation where we will need an increase in tax base. Furthermore, it is fashionable to come up with some crazy per unit charges as somebody recently recommended like tripling sewer, fire assessment and garbage for businesses just because they are businesses. If you do this then businesses will want to leave.
But we have a height limit. So hotels/apartments cannot sell out and they are not very profitable either because every so often our leaders come up with some arbitrary per unit charges. So we do not let businesses make money but we also do not let them sell out, and then we complain about how they look or we end up with more and more empty lots or fenced off properties.
When I am fighting for lower taxes and reasonable sewer fees and reasonable fire assessment I am really fighting for status quo as far as heights. If you like height limits why do not you just let existing businesses be treated fairly? If you are for spending you are against height limits whether you realize it or not. Because the higher the cost of running the town the closer the day when the existing tax base will be insufficient and height limits will have to be changed. And they will be changed because the choice will be for people on fixed income whether they want to pay more in property taxes on their home or whether they are OK with a an extra story or two to start. And this is how height limits will be relaxed and eliminated eventually.
The absolute truth.