Andy Petersen 
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Re: “Letters

Thanks to Mr. Neil Talbott for his response to my letter "We Need Nonprofits" asking for more facts.

My original letter to the Indy was edited for brevity, of course. To answer Mr. Talbott's question, "Would it be asking too much for them to pay sales and property tax to keep the Springs and even the state out of bankruptcy?", I provided a real-life anecdote about a local ministry that helps compromised people. The fact is a potential "sales tax" of $36,218 could impact the organization in three potential ways:

• It could possibly prevent paying the salary of a full-time employee or a couple of part-time employees who help address the needs of a compromised family in need of housing. Employees more than likely pay taxes in our city.
• It would mean fewer beneficiaries could receive help with utility bills. Do we want the city to take this over?
• It could impact the ability of this non-profit to pay its own rent. No rent money could mean it shuts down. Who takes over? The city.

Frankly, a nonprofit's use of street lights, police, fire, roads, etc. is minimal for the services, advocacy, education and culture they provide; $13 billion worth in our state, if Mr. Talbott is correct. Shall we add that to the state budget?

While it is easy for Mr. Talbott to pick on the Olympics, last I heard it draws tourists to our city and employs many tax paying citizens.

If Mr. Talbott would like to read the article about the town in Holyoke, MA that spawned my letter, please feel free to look it up at:…

Andy Petersen
Colorado Springs

Posted by Andy Petersen on 02/17/2011 at 9:43 AM

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