Commissioners sign off on new fairgrounds plan

After countless meetings and focus groups, the release of a detailed business analysis and reams of comment cards and other community input, Mesa County commissioners last week gave the…




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Not reported here is the fact that when questioned about the Veterans Memorial the report failed to include it at all. It was an “oversight” I suppose and to hell with honoring the original agreement that was made when the veterans turned the grounds over to Mesa County.

When asked about plans to turn everything over to a private entity for horseracing and a casino, they did not want to address that issue at this meeting. No one wanted to discuss the possibility that all the improvements would be done at the cost of 11-14 million taxpayer dollars with the horse racing facility in mind. Once the bill is resurrected in the next session of Congress and rushed through with no input from the public (only by Jennifer Bailey and the special interests she represents) and the improvements are done the property will be turned over to Mr. Seymour (Arapahoe Park racetrack owner). 

When one of the commissioners was asked point blank about HB12-1280 he was befuddled and had no idea (Really?).  He acted clueless and left the premises in hurry (probably had some important meeting to attend somewhere). He did admit however that the taxpayers were supplying the funds but would have no say in the improvements or the decision to allow the racetrack and casino. Those things are to be decided by 2/3 of the County Commissioners. It has been confirmed that the sitting commissioners were polled about how they would vote (including this commissioner), so he knows about it. Candidates Jared Wright and Tim Menger have both said they would not vote for it. Mr. Wright is now being smeared by his own party for his stance.

The people of Mesa County have just been told we would get it whether we like it or not. This should not be done without the approval of the voters.  You have just been flipped off by your elected officials folks!

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