The road less traveled
Mike Marolt’s letter to the editor explained, very clearly, why our property taxes have skyrocketed.
We taxpayers have to feed the monster that we created with our new “edifice complex,” and because our system of government is based on majority vote, we all must ante up to fund the price of our “world class image.”
Just look at the huge new cement high school structure that is erupting from its site. Is that architecture sensitive to our environment?
Now, when we go from the Highlands to town, our view is of a large block of cement, an urban exclamation point instead of the view of the mountains across the valley. But, more importantly, at a cost of $40 million-plus, how cost-effective per student will our investment in ego-gratification be?
Parallel, on the other side of the road, rises our soon-to-be palace of “world class recreation.” One wonders if these structures will create “world class” citizens, scholars and athletes.
There are still a few of us out there who have chosen “the road not taken.” We supervised our children’s lives and homework; we turned off the television; we hired tutors when we had to. And yes, our children also learned how to ski, skate, swim and engage in a myriad of sports.
“I took the road less traveled … and (it did make) all the difference.” It was effective and spiritually rewarding … and without the tax burdens that we will continue to see.
Our electorate seems to support the myth of non-growth. Yet look at what our best intentions are creating.
All of us pay to some extent, but the irony and inequity is that those of us who have purposely not developed our land are taxed twice as much.
There is something wrong with this picture. Will we wake up before we have lost our paradise?
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Peter Arnold’s playing career ended after high school, but his time on the ice continues a few decades later. A longtime USA Hockey official and new Aspen resident, Arnold is searching for the next generation of hockey referees among the youth ranks here in the Roaring Fork Valley.