Liberty and curious: If you go to the grocery store and pay x dollars for yogurt, that doesn't mean you get to go to a car dealer and pay x-1 for a vehicle. In fact, you'll pay x plus a lot more, based on cost of manufacture, overhead, etc. Same with public entities.Those levies are set by a number of organizations based on cost of doing business. City property taxes here are very, very low for the level of services a largely retired population wants to pay. Those who thought they would get around property taxes with special districts are finding out that eventually they have to ante up.
Denver is no example because Denver is a different place, as are Austin, Indianapolis, etc. They are state capitols. We are not. They are booming. We are not. We are a resort/retired/military installation, stalemated ironically because every old fogey in town is paranoid about government while two of those three categories live on government checks. Again, Denver, Indianapolis and Austin are not in the same boat.
Government is how we take care of ourselves and as in the rest of life, you get what you pay for. The alternative to government is not some imaginary paradise, but anarchy.
Re Liberty and curious: It's hard to escape the fact that taxpayers and developers are equally at fault when it comes to not wanting to pay for services. Sales tax is always a flawed way to pay for the basics because it covers costs only in times when the demand for consumer goods is high. We need a funding method that covers costs on a consistent basis. That means paying for services with property tax.
Our property tax for the city is about $50/$100,000. (The largest part of taxes goes for schools.) The general reaction to our property taxes from very successful people who live elsewhere is: You have got to be kidding. Residents of most municipal entities expect to pay more in a month in property tax than we pay in a year.
We get what we pay for in this world. Ideas such as limiting pensions are short sighted. We will pay to take care of people in old age whether we do it in the form of pensions or as Social Security/Medicare/Medicaid. Better to realize our responsibilities to public servants and allow them to earn pensions that will give them some dignity later in life. It's deferred compensation and it is wrong to arbitrarily try to remove it. Military pensioners should realize that their pensions are just as vulnerable as anyone else's if that becomes the fad.
I won't vote for a sales tax. I will vote for a property tax because it's sounder fiscal policy, but that fact seems to have escaped Colorado Springs and El Paso County.
When the streets get fixed and brought up to date, then maybe it will be time to worry about who is lying on the sidewalks. Most people really don't care what happens downtown because they are there less than once a year. The streets, on the other hand, are all over the place and used every day.
The problem with Murray and Pico's reasoning, and indeed the city's is this: constitutionally, you are not elected as a businessman. You are elected as a personal citizen who has taken on the responsibility of guiding the society. The idea that you represent an institution to your constituency is flawed. Your primary responsibility is to represent that citizen to the institution. That means you have a personal responsibility to listen to the constituency. You may feel the need to copy the city on all media requests you may receive personally, but I believe you still have an obligation to answer those personal requests.
This is a totally stupid argument. While the left and the right nitpick one another, the real enemies of this country like ISIL or ISIS or whatever use our unhappiness to sow dissent among disaffected youngsters of every nation, including this one.
If the pictures of the blood lust among these young Arab men don't remind us that we could lose the greatest experiment in government the world has known, nothing will. Ask those who fought as immigrant children in WWII if they wanted to give up on America -- they would have laughed in your faces. Go spend time in another country if you think things are so bad here.
Grow up, realize we are all in one boat and need to pull together.
With all due respect for the wonder of a new member of the family ... the biggest cause of climate change, whether through use of fossil fuel or loss of habitat, is population growth in the developing world of which Tahiti is a part.
Add to that the carbon dumping that occurs when the new grandchild and presumably her parents fly back and forth to their families periodically, cooking fires along the romantic byways of the island, the footprint of a dwelling that is presumably beyond a hut, the fuel used to bring food to the island and generate electricity, the chlorine imported to treat water, etc...
Maybe Colorado Springs Utilities isn't the bogeyman it's made out to be. Economies of scale and yes, the trial of those pesty scrubbers help to consolidate our real or imagined misuses of fossil fuels so the developing world can do its thing. Things are much worse in exploding indigenous populations in Africa, Asia, China and India. Aside from our love affair with long drives, the real climate problem lies elsewhere.
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