Letter: Trying to mislead the public
February 22, 2018
Development can be a messy, complicated, and confusing place. The Town doesn't want to lose money or respect. The Developer doesn't want to lose money or respect. No one does. Believe me we all want to make our full and part time residents, visitors, and businesses happy. At the February 6, 2018 Town Council meeting many people were saying "pump the brakes" and slow down the Roam "Beavers" Annexation. We need to get this RIGHT and hold the developer accountable. Everyone was concerned about the amount of open space, access to the Fraser River, and the financial risk to the Town.
A dark unreadable slide presentation was suppose to give us the qualitative and quantitative benefits of the project. With any luck, the Town Staff and Board will look into these bogus, fake claims and magical numbers.
Let's take a look at the developers calculation for annual sales tax remittance to the Town. It is overstated by over $570,000 since they used the wrong sales tax for Winter Park. Why are they trying to mislead the public? Another phony claim is their valuation of the land for the Porphyry Park at over 6 times what they paid for it (and they aren't required to make any improvements). What is going on? Who put this together? Believe me I could go on and on, but it would be too boring. (if you interested in the some of the other fake facts email me at firstname.lastname@example.org)
So, shred the shady slides, pump the brakes, and let the Town Council, staff, and the Town's consultants conduct a fair analysis. Report back to the public.
Gary Behlen, Winter Park