Letter: Rec center is too much
October 16, 2013
Rec center is too much
If the goal of the proponents of the mega-recreation center at Crown Mountain Park is to confuse property owners of the costs by avoiding the disclosure of simple calculations of annual cost, then they can stand on an aircraft carrier and declare "mission accomplished."
A gentleman recently wrote that he would be glad to pay $20 a year to avoid driving to one of the numerous other recreation centers in the valley. Sorry, but $20 won't even get your family in the door. It is time to get real with some examples of the cost of the proposed taxes. None of these examples include admission to the facility or participating in any classes.
Homeowner in Gateway to Snowmass — current annual assessment for Crown Mountain, $295; proposed, approximately $1,260 per year for Crown Mountain. Homeowner in Holland Hills — current annual assessment for Crown Mountain, $155, proposed is $670 per year
Longtime owner of household goods business on Cody Lane — current annual assessment for Crown Mountain, $1,170; proposed is $5,030 per year
Popular gas station in Basalt — current annual assessment for Crown Mountain, $2,325; proposed is $9,900 per year
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Homeowner in Emma — current annual assessment for Crown Mountain $103; proposed is $440 per year
Homeowner on Elk Run in Basalt — current annual assessment for Crown Mountain, $172; proposed is $740 per year
I could not find the gentleman who wrote the letter in the treasurer's database or I would have offered him a better estimate of his actual costs before he votes.
While I am voting this year to raise my taxes for school funding, I will vote no on 4C and 4D on the recreation center. Crown Mountain is a lovely park and will continue to be a great place for children to play without a huge recreation center and new roads through the park.
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