Printed letters, May 17, 2013

The only document Mesa County has produced to circumvent TABOR now is the single document exposing the county to a scandal. The letter explicitly reveals intent to sidestep voters, preventing millions in refunds.

Attorney Dee Wisor’s May 2007 letter affirms that Mesa County was seeking Wisor’s opinion: “If Mesa County retains all the sales tax revenues without seeking voter approval ... how have Colorado courts ruled?” Dee Wisor specifically cautioned those inquiring that there is a risk.

He wrote: “It is important to note I am unaware of any government or municipality that has taken this position with respect to sales tax ... distinctly meaning excluding sales tax without voter approval.” Wiser noted that the county’s practice of including sales tax in its TABOR calculations was inconsistent with the approach of excluding sales tax.

What exposes the county to taxpayer fraud is two former county commissioners openly denying they had any knowledge, involvement or discussion of eliminating 50 percent of the county revenues from TABOR calculations. The million-dollar question: How did Mesa County circumvent TABOR with only one commissioner’s vote?

The Wisor letter used to justify the county’s position is the single document that links those involved in an embarrassing scandal. Oddly, the letter is addressed to ladies and gentlemen. With no minutes or even an email to affirm any commissioner was involved, the county has created a shameful scandal.

Equally disgraceful, The Daily Sentinel reports Commissioner Steve Acquafresca now recommends challenging any lawsuit all the way to the Colorado Supreme Court, indicating he is willing to spend millions more defending this scandal.

I would suggest Acquafresca do what is right morally. He already participated in preventing millions from being refunded to taxpayers. These are the very people who elected him and pay his salary.

HAL E. MASON

Grand Junction

 

Public has right to know when 
legislators defeat bad bills

Objective readers may justly have concern about The Daily Sentinel’s reporting when it evaluates accomplishments by the Colorado legislators.

Nearly every article, which presumably passes muster with an editor, measures performance of legislators by the number of legislative pieces they initiate or support that become law.

Let’s keep in mind that every new law is an expense for Colorado taxpayers. Legislative and administrative costs are required, even in the rare case that it is a law written to relieve us of obsolete statutes still on the books. Most laws, of course, cost us much more than that and may require citizens to pay additional fines, fees, taxes and personal expenses or make further demands upon us not considered (or admitted) by elated legislators voting for the new law.

President Calvin Coolidge wrote to his father in 1910: “It is much more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones.” Perhaps our good Sentinel journalists would consider telling us how frequently legislators voted against proposed legislation, thereby lending balance to their evaluations.

ALAN METCALFE

Delta

 

Sen. Steve King commended 
for hard work and research

Thanks to Sen. Steve King for his hard work again this legislative session.

It is apparent that he works hard, does extensive research and presents bills that are in the best interest of the people of Colorado. His focus is not on himself, but on the work that is required to keep citizens safe — the main purpose of government.

His bills on impaired driving, protecting citizens’ gun rights and other topics mirror what I want for this state. I hope he will continue in politics as long as possible because he is a rare specimen — an honest and caring politician.

ROSEMARY LITZ

Grand Junction

 

Corner of 30 and D 1/2 roads 
a prime spot for grocery store

There is a huge empty lot at 30 Road and D 1/2 Road that would be the perfect spot for a grocery store. Our area at this end of town is “forgotten” and we need more stores here. I don’t drive so it would be great if a grocery store would be built there, I’d ride my bike when needing something at the last minute (and get my exercise also).

When buying a lot of groceries, it would save on gas to drive to the store with it being so close to us (my husband is my chauffeur). I hope one of the grocery stores will seriously consider building a store at that corner. It would be greatly appreciated.

PRISCILLA STEDMAN

Grand Junction

 

We can only hope City Council 
will see its error on chamber

I am sure that our newly elected City Council members will change their votes and vote to give the money they gave to the Chamber of Commerce to the programs that feed our very young and elderly, such as Head Start and Meals on wheels, as these programs have been reduced due to the federal government’s sequester.

Surely they will. Won’t they?

DOUGLAS C. SAWTELLE

Grand Junction



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