Is it the tax base or the religion? |

Is it the tax base or the religion?

Dear Editor:

Mr. Ferguson (“Troubled by the temple,” April 30) laid the basis of his resistance to a Jewish religious facility being built on Main Street to “allowing any religious or tax exempt organization to decrease the property tax base of the business district by the use of their tax-exempt status is inappropriate.”

To be consistent, I would have hoped that he would have included another religious structure already on Main Street in his comments. However, later in his letter he goes on to describe his opinion of the religious ownership of the land as a religious group “extremely outspoken and highly controversial.”

He also defines the leader as from “New York,” by implication suggesting that he is a lesser citizen of Aspen than if he came from “Dallas.” Not the least of what concerns me is his opinion that the religious leader’s agenda has “serious implications.”

I am troubled to think that perhaps Mr. Ferguson’s letter has less to do with tax base than with the specific ownership of the property.

Mel Gallant


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