Tax foe joins Eagle County race |

Tax foe joins Eagle County race

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

EAGLE, Colo. ” A candidate who threw her hat in the ring for an Eagle County commissioner seat this week left no doubt she offers an alternative to the current administration.

Debbie Buckley of Avon is running as a Republican in the race for the District 2 seat currently held by Arn Menconi. The incumbent is facing term limits and cannot run again.

El Jebel and part of Basalt are in Eagle County, along with a portion of Missouri Heights and the Fryingpan Valley. Those residents of Eagle County will be able to vote in the November election for the county commissioner race.

In the announcement for her candidacy, Buckley said Eagle County residents “are ready for an independent voice who will vote for the people and not for personal pet projects.”

She criticized the current commissioners, all Democrats, for talking about creating more affordable housing at the same time “they’ve imposed the largest single property tax increase in the history of Eagle County.”

Her statement is slightly misleading. The commissioner technically didn’t raise property taxes; they just didn’t lower the mill levy, which is the tax rate. Their action resulted in higher taxes for most county residents because assessed values shot up drastically.

In her announcement, Buckley also criticized the commissioners for spending tax money on “baby sitting” after voters soundly defeated a tax for service related to child care.

Buckley also opposes the open space purchases the county has made. She said working families cannot find or use the properties.

Buckley has lived in Eagle County for 12 years and served on the Avon Town Council for eight years. “I run my own businesses and fully understand the challenges and economic sacrifices locals make to live here every day,” her statement said. “I believe that with the right leadership in place Eagle County can grow into a safe, sustainable and yes affordable county for us all to live in ” without excessive taxes.”

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