Lodger's tax fund dwindling each year

Mar 6, 2014 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Ruidoso News

CP6 Solutions, organizers of the Golden Aspen Motorcycle and Aspen Cash Motorcycle rallies, are requesting 5,000 each for the two events from lodgers tax funds.

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How can this be? It is reported that gross receipt tax is up yet Lodgers Tax is down? people wake up. VOR has started paying parks and rec department salaries out of $$ set out, by statute, for advertising and promotion for Lodgers Tax. Lodger Tx budget is over 1 MILLION Dollars. Seems VOR gov is always short and CONTINUALLY robs peter to pay paul. Lodger's tax committee is appointed by the mayor.....does that sound like maybe the things he likes might get funded? and of course, who is on that committee and does anyone know who they are and when they meet?? Your hard earned $$$ that you think is going to advertise to bring more money to your business is being mis-spent.

Notice that these groups that want $$ are all OLD events that have been sucking up $$$ for YEARS?? How about funding for NEW events only and 2 year funding for the continuing event?? Up until a few years ago, Pat and Ron were pulling in25-30k a year from county, Downs and Ruidoso,,,,for a 30yr old event!!! Oh yeah, they pulled a Hubbard threat.......they would move it. Well guess what,they moved it anyway to another county. So now our $$ is promoting another county(I think that might be against some Lodger's tax rules) Why give them a dime????? The bikers come to this thing because it is RUIDOSO-do you think they are going to go to Alamogordo and stay??? Time to turn this boat around.
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How can this be? It is reported that gross receipt tax is up yet Lodgers Tax is down? people wake up. VOR has started paying parks and rec department salaries out of $$ set out, by statute, for advertising and promotion for Lodgers Tax. Lodger Tx budget is over 1 MILLION Dollars. Seems VOR gov is always short and CONTINUALLY robs peter to pay paul. Lodger's tax committee is appointed by the mayor.....does that sound like maybe the things he likes might get funded? and of course, who is on that committee and does anyone know who they are and when they meet?? Your hard earned $$$ that you think is going to advertise to bring more money to your business is being mis-spent.
Notice that these groups that want $$ are all OLD events that have been sucking up $$$ for YEARS?? How about funding for NEW events only and 2 year funding for the continuing event?? Up until a few years ago, Pat and Ron were pulling in25-30k a year from county, Downs and Ruidoso,,,,for a 30yr old event!!! Oh yeah, they pulled a Hubbard threat.......they would move it. Well guess what,they moved it anyway to another county. So now our $$ is promoting another county(I think that might be against some Lodger's tax rules) Why give them a dime????? The bikers come to this thing because it is RUIDOSO-do you think they are going to go to Alamogordo and stay??? Time to turn this boat around.
No way to turn the boat around. Last weeks water bond (property tax giveaway) was an example of that. The independent thinking resident in this town is missing in action. We are like sheep, waiting to be herded.

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no comprehend wrote:
How can this be? It is reported that gross receipt tax is up yet Lodgers Tax is down? people wake up. VOR has started paying parks and rec department salaries out of $$ set out, by statute, for advertising and promotion for Lodgers Tax. Lodger Tx budget is over 1 MILLION Dollars. Seems VOR gov is always short and CONTINUALLY robs peter to pay paul. Lodger's tax committee is appointed by the mayor.....does that sound like maybe the things he likes might get funded? and of course, who is on that committee and does anyone know who they are and when they meet?? Your hard earned $$$ that you think is going to advertise to bring more money to your business is being mis-spent.
Notice that these groups that want $$ are all OLD events that have been sucking up $$$ for YEARS?? How about funding for NEW events only and 2 year funding for the continuing event?? Up until a few years ago, Pat and Ron were pulling in25-30k a year from county, Downs and Ruidoso,,,,for a 30yr old event!!! Oh yeah, they pulled a Hubbard threat.......they would move it. Well guess what,they moved it anyway to another county. So now our $$ is promoting another county(I think that might be against some Lodger's tax rules) Why give them a dime????? The bikers come to this thing because it is RUIDOSO-do you think they are going to go to Alamogordo and stay??? Time to turn this boat around.
I think way too many of our fellow neighbors and citizens have given up. It's not that they didn't care. After all, surely all Ruidoso residents want pristine drinking water coming from their faucets, businesses to thrive and prosper in their community, snow sparkling like diamonds up on the mountain for locals and visitors alike to enjoy during the winter season, earnest and upstanding leaders in positions of power to lead and to protect their citizenry from being duped and robbed by ideas implemented from unscrupulous carpetbaggers, clean and decent restaurants for diners to frequent, schools with ratings we can be proud to enroll our children in and all aspects of the good life a small but flourishing village can provide its residents. However, we've gotten just the opposite on so many of the very things that we need to eek out a healthy and reasonable existence here. Our pockets have been consistently picked with little or nothing to show for it. No one in charge seems to know or care where the money went, just send some more please. Residents are left confused and baffled by a town and infrastructure in decay, prices way above the median national prices, and no way to get rid of a property to get out. Will all this money being handed out needlessly or carelessly make this a better place? Who will benefit really? Has anyone ever investigated some of these leaders, I mean really, as in looking into their bank accounts? Why are we kept so much in the dark about expenditures? Why?
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They need a person to drive around the hotel parking lots at night and count the cars as, I have stayed in places that will only take cash as their credit card machine was "down" again.

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I hope that someone is looking into this matter. Once again, something seems woefully out of whack.

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