Letter: Base Village taxes hurting owners
Editor’s note: This letter was originally addressed to the Snowmass Village Town Council.
The Aspen Skiing Co. created a metro district that issued bonds for $50 million. The debt is to be paid back by the county, increasing the Base Village owners’ tax bill. When I bought in 2006, I was told by Related, through its salesman Bruce Baker, that the cost was “minor” even though unknown. Minor? It’s 47 percent of my tax bill.
What did the town of Snowmass Village know and when?
I urge a full disclosure by Skico, the town and Pitkin County as to how Skico could borrow $50 million, use it for Base Village infrastructure, get paid for it when sold and never have to pay the debt because it’s in the Base Village owners’ tax bill.
I also urge no approvals for Skico and Related unless Skico or Related pays the metro district loan off and the Base Village condo owners are reimbursed for the metro district portion of previous tax bills.
Another issue that should not be overlooked by the town is the excess “carbon” (that is causing climate change) that Base Village is now, and will be, creating. As a 15-year part-time resident and 15-year full-time resident, I think a 90 percent reduction of “carbon” should be a requirement for all new construction.
Let’s make the town of Snowmass Village the greenest village in America. I am working on a plan for “retrofitting” at no cost to the home or condo owners. It is good for the health of our residents and visitors.
Richard C. Goodwin
Written arguments between the town of Snowmass Village and the Krabloonik dog-sledding operation were filed last week in a ramp-up to a key hearing in the coming months.