Letter: Vote against transit, trails tax
October 6, 2015
To the Editor:
In Fridays paper there was an article against subsidies for developers. My letter is in that same spirit, different developer.
In the election in November, Winter Park and Fraser voters will be asked to approve a "sales tax" to provide taxpayer money to fund a transit (bus) system and trails.
This "sales tax" will be in effect a real cash handout to Intrawest-Winter Park Resort, unlike "incentives" sought by other developers. This subsidy will cut costs to Intrawest, and help their bottom line. Intrawest was very smart to dump the buses on the towns, and the towns fell for it totally.
It is well known that I am opposed to a taxpayer-funded bus system. Intrawest and Winter Park Resort are the main beneficiaries of a bus system, and some businesses in town will benefit, but the majority of people in the Fraser valley will not. Ask yourself: Will I see any benefit?
I do not want it thought that I am opposed to a bus system. I am not. The ski area needs buses, so let them pay for them. Those businesses that benefit can add 2 percent to their prices and contribute.
A taxpayer-funded transit district will eventually become like any other government agency and sooner or later become a money pit that devours money and provides an absolute minimum of service.
I am not happy with the idea that some of this "sales tax" is going to "trails." If the trails committee wants funding, put it out to a separate vote, depending on the merits of the proposal, I might be in favor of it.
Votes on tax questions should always be for one single purpose, and never for an open-ended blank check grab bag of ideas.
One other thing, what happens if one town or other says no to the "sales tax" and the other town says yes? Will one town be stuck footing the bill for the whole mess?
Remember, It was a Democrat Denver mayor that "gave" us Intrawest, and now they want you and me to foot their profits.
Please, vote NO on the bus "sales tax" question.