A midvalley ‘liability’
I write to you, the Eagle County taxpayers, and the passionate members of Crown Mountain.
We are in the throws of a new reality in our beloved country and in our impressive valley, a reality fashioned and faceted largely from the allure of over spending.
I should like to ask the residents of Eagle County: How in good conscience can we vote for a facility that is not self-sustaining? After all, this pattern of spending is the very pattern that has adversely affected many in our valley, and even more in our country!
In November, Eagle County voters potentially will be voicing a course of action on the Crown Mountain Reaction Center, a 63,000-square-foot facility to be located in the midvalley. As presented, this facility is expected to run in the red to the tune of $500,000 per annum. Ever mindful, this colorful ink does not account for cost overruns, intersection adjustments, and the dynamic demographics in the midvalley.
Pardon, but the math here starts to fuzz and cloud with tumorous zeros. Firstly, as many can attest, cost overruns in this area are almost as certain as death and taxes, and we think this project will be an exception?
As taxpayers, and stressed taxpayers alike, we should ask before we cast our votes, if this is such a good idea, how come private investors have not flocked to cease this worthy opportunity? Let’s ask about the current Crown Mountain budget and the existing park numbers. Are these numerals red or black?
Who will be the real winners should this pass? Perhaps the firms that get the building contracts and certainly districts like Mid Valley Metropolitan District, oh, and undoubtedly the family that needs to have a place to go when the weather outside is frightful. Ask, can we justify this pattern of allure?
Ultimately this vote will be about an amenity, another unsustainable amenity, and in this day and age an unsustainable amenity soon becomes a liability.
Consider carefully, comrades.
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