Commissioners reach critical mass on open space

Have the Boulder County Commissioners gone completely mad to even think about a possible sales tax increase for more acquisition of open space properties?

Do you realize such a move would translate into Longmonters paying FIVE different open space sales taxes (four to Boulder County) on every retail purchase in town?

My letter to the commissioners prior to their public hearing on county tax proposals to be held Monday, July 26, 2010…

To the Commissioners: 

July 22, 2010

A year ago I wrote to you voicing my strong opposition to a proposed ballot issue to extend the current 0.25% Boulder County Open Space Sales Tax from 2019 to 2034. I also brought up the very real factor that the commissioners have alienated a large portion of the county population, particularly the churchgoing community, with the handling of the RMCC lawsuit and subsequent appeal(s).

Well obviously in your obsession with open space you didn’t listen. The ballot issue was defeated in the November 2009 election. The voting public finally said enough is enough with the massive BoCo open space program. And now you have the audacity to possibly go for a new sales tax this fall in addition to the three county OS sales taxes already running? Simply outrageous.

I can tell you one thing for sure if you dare place another open space initiative on the 2010 ballot. You haven’t a leg to stand on in asking for more sales taxes in this weak economy. The entire open space operation will come under unprecedented scrutiny during the election season. The books will be opened…the hundreds of millions of outstanding debt, the salaries, the monies taken from the General Fund. I’m not saying there is anything illegal going on, but the public needs to know.

I guarantee you I will be writing letters and opinions to the media, and I have already contacted the Independence Institute for a possible full scale report on the finances of BCPOS.

As I said to you last year, we’ve already got three county open space taxes in effect totaling 0.45%. That’s plenty for now (actually too much in itself). If you have any sense at all with the public, you’d be best to leave well enough alone and forego any thought of more open space sales taxes on the November 2010 ballot.

Sincerely,

David Larison
Longmont, CO

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