City seems oblivious to economic reality

Nobody can accuse the city of Grand Junction of being politically astute. The city, in its infinite lack of wisdom, has decided this is a good year to raise fees on water, sewer, trash, parking, golf and various other recreation activities.

Good grief! Do not the municipal potentates who populate City Hall have a clue what’s going on in the world? Don’t they realize that they are already going to ask voters next month to raise taxes, to the tune of nearly $100 million, for new public safety buildings? And on top of that, they want voters to give up any tax refunds they might be entitled to in coming years?

Apparently not.

We dare say there’s not a business in town, and very few families, that are not looking at ways to cut expenses. It’s painful, no doubt. But the economic realities of the year 2008 require all of us to make cuts, particularly in light of of the worst stock-market meltdown of the past 75 years. Most of us are doing just that. Most of us except the city, that is.

None of the city fee increases is huge, by itself. But they add up. And the city, seemingly oblivious to economic reality, merrily goes about business as if it’s the good old days of the 1990s, and the world is forever tethered to a growing economy.

What’s the harm in extracting a few more dollars from the taxpayers? It could be great in these economic times.

The city should look for ways to cut, rather than hoping at least four council members will simply utter “aye” to the fee increases.

We hope council members are astute enough to say “Nay.”

Failing that, we have a suggestion: Dedicate all the revenue from the increased parking fees to getting rid of the back-in parking on Seventh Street—one of the more harebrained ideas adopted by the city.

Get rid of that and at least city taxpayers would be getting something worthwhile for their money.


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