There is no “fuzzy math” being used by opponents of the midvalley rec center, as some of the proponents have alleged. The math is simple. If you live in Emma, Old Snowmass, El Jebel or Eagle County, your property taxes will increase by 11 percent, and almost 10 percent if you live in Basalt. Those figures were confirmed by the Tom Isaac, the Pitkin County Assessor, on Aspen Public Radio the other day. Small businesses will feel an even greater pinch than residences because businesses are appraised at roughly three times residential values. So, the rec center could cost them thousands of dollars in additional taxes.
Our valley already has some of the finest outdoor recreational facilities anywhere. I do not see why it is fair that our property taxes should be increased to build three indoor swimming pools, basketball courts and an elevated indoor running track. That is not a proper function of government for which the taxes on our homes and businesses should be raised. I also question why the Crown Mountain Recreation District is using my existing tax dollars to run so-called “informational” ads in the newspapers which show an obvious bias in favor of the tax increase.
The entire $60 million-plus project is simply too ambitious in its scope, and its acre and a half size needs to be scaled way back before I can support it. Please vote “no” on ballot issues 4C and 4D.