Vote selfishly on 3E
Let’s be real: Nobody is excited about higher property tax rates in a deep recession. The economic downturn has hit the Roaring Fork Valley particularly hard, and many people here are facing tough times.
So why would anyone vote yes to higher property tax rates for our school district?
Paradoxically, the best vote is a selfish vote – for those of us who own property and are concerned about the plummeting prices, a strong school system is one of the single best ways to protect our investments. Countless studies have shown the positive impact that a strong school system has on property values, and also on the economic vibrancy of the community that surrounds it.
It’s also worth noting that even with a yes vote on ballot issue 3E, we will still be paying less property taxes than we did in the boom times. In fact, owners of a $300,000 home will pay less than $10 additional per month for this mill levy; and the mill levy will not tax homeowners more as property values rebound.
Tyler Stableford and Megan Currier
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