Fruita looks to keep long-ago promise

We applaud the Fruita City Council for reviving a property tax cut that was promised to its citizens 25 years ago. The council said that on Tuesday it will discuss reducing property taxes for Fruita residents by 10 percent, now that the tax is no longer needed to pay for road-improvement bonds issued following Black Sunday in 1982.

At the time the bonds were issued, additional property taxes were collected to help make the bond payments. Council members promised voters the tax would be rescinded when all payments had been made. Promises like that are made often and voters reluctantly agree — hoping that the elected officials or their successors will remember the promise 25 years down the road.

In this case, council members remembered what had been promised. Mayor Ken Henry said Fruita would “live up to our moral obligation” and rescind the tax. By living up to its obligations, the Fruita City Council will reinforce the contract between voters and their representatives and show that government can sometimes be trusted.


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