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Overtaxed

Dear Editor:

Hi, I am writing to urge you to change our property tax law. We desperately need a homestead-type tax law for those who have lived in Colorado for generations and have helped make it the great state it is. Now that it has become a haven for second-home owners and realtors, we taxpayers on a fixed income can’t possibly pay the inflated value.

My family goes back four generations in Aspen, so we’ve been through depressions before, but these tax assessments this year are killing us. We paid for the land in 1966 way less than what last year’s tax was. The assessment has gone up $6 million in a year. This is ridiculous! The middle class is paying for all the bailouts and the housing for the lower class. Where is the fairness in this? I can tell you why the suicide rate is high in Pitkin County. We feel helpless and hopeless and that no one cares in this so-called Land of the Free.

I beg of you to work for a law similar to that of California and Florida in which property tax is based on the cost of the property when purchased. After all, our home should not be a commodity, but treated as sacred space where friends and family are encouraged to grow and share the true value we put on life.

Thank you so very much for your help. Many Coloradoans will appreciate and benefit from your concern.

Ronie St. Andre

Aspen


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