Letter: Basalt land deal not worth the expense
As a Basalt resident, downtown business owner and mom, I am very concerned about the ramifications of ballot issues 2F (to incur debt and raise taxes to acquire property) and 2G (to incur debt and raise taxes to improve property) related to the Pan and Fork site.
If you add together the total repayment of these bonds plus the 2B park bond that we passed in 2013, the total that Basalt taxpayers are being asked to pay is huge — more than $15 million. To date, the town of Basalt has not provided any evidence — not one single study or any type of data-based analysis — of any benefits we would derive from this huge expenditure.
It’s very important for Basalt voters to understand that the additional $8.85 million in bonds we are being asked to pay for is not accompanied by any concrete plan for the additional land we’d purchase, nor is there a provision for expensive upkeep and maintenance of any community amenities we’d put on the property.
Get the facts before you vote — then vote “no” on 2F and 2G this month.
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