Printed Letters: October 12, 2017

Letter on tax burden stated incorrect figures
Mr. and Mrs. Mayer penned a letter this week relating to ballot questions 3A and 3B. In the letter, they wrote: “In 1986, a house worth $50,000 paid approximately $700 a year in property taxes.” Also, they stated that, “In 2016, a house worth $200,000 paid approximately $520 a year in property taxes.”
Some taxpayers might be looking at their property tax bills and scratching their heads at the $520 figure. They would be right to do so since both statements are incorrect.
Perhaps their mistake came from looking at the taxes based on the 2016 school district mill levy alone, then improperly combining it with the 2017 assessment rate. Doing so would calculate $520. Back in 1986, district 51 received about $603 on a $50,000 home. In 2016 the district received about $574 on a $200,000 house.

Comparing total property tax bills, back in 1986 a typical mill levy in Mesa County was 91 and the statewide residential assessment rate was 21 percent. For 2016, a typical mill levy was 61 and the residential assessment rate was 7.96 percent. Calculating with 91 mills and the 21 percent assessment rate, the tax bill on a $50,000 house would have been about $956 in 1986. Calculating with 61 mills and the 7.96 percent assessment rate, the tax bill on a $200,000 house rose to $971 in 2016.

BRENT GOFF
Deputy assessor, Mesa County
Grand Junction


Perhaps we can rethink 
economic development

We have to rethink economic development (which we must have) and pesky regulations (which must go). Pump out every barrel of oil and cubic foot of gas. Dig up every ton of coal. Cut down every tree. We will have untold jobs and superb economic development.

Then 30, 40, or 50 years from now when it is a moonscape, the feds can designate us as a superfund site for cleanup. Look how much money was spent to clean up the mill tailings here and in Moab. Look at how much will be spent in Silverton on the mines.

Folks, there are two pots of gold here. Get busy now.

D.D. LEWIS
Clifton


CPW should be ashamed for policies not backed by science

The Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife once again says, “trust us,” and in three years we will have an answer for the public regarding a highly controversial predator removal study, intended to buoy local deer numbers. In the meantime, we must accept CPW’s strongly held belief that more than 100 wild animals, part of a larger ecosystem, should be removed from their natural habitat, often killed, so deer can thrive.

The state of Colorado, the governor, and CPW should be ashamed of themselves, plain and simple, for pushing policies not clearly backed by scientific evidence, and for not providing such evidence on a clear and rational level and in a realistic timeframe for all Coloradans to clearly judge.

LANDON BAIN
Rifle


It’s good business sense to invest in improving schools

My child is grown up so why should I pay more taxes for schools? I’ll tell you why.

Thank goodness the community stepped up to support schools back when my daughter was a student. Thank goodness the youth of today are learning and growing to be productive adults. Hopefully many will choose to stay in Grand Junction to work and raise their families. Finally, thank goodness I live in a community that understands it is just plain, old-fashioned, good business sense to invest in maintaining and improving things we treasure.

As a retired woman on a fixed income I don’t have a lot of spare money but it is my privilege to pay my “dues” to support our youth. Vote yes on District 51 Bond Issue and Mill Levy 3A and 3B.

KAYLA DODSON
Grand Junction


Let’s provide an environment that draws new families
My daughter was married to a military officer. Over the course of years, they moved frequently. Whenever they did not live on base, but were in a position to select their own housing arrangements, my daughter would research the school districts within a reasonable radius of her husband’s assignments. They would then look for a place to live within the school district that they deemed the best for their children.

My son-in-law retired as their eldest child was going into high school. As he interviewed in several locations for a civilian job, my daughter did her usual research. Once they felt a school district met their personal goals, they determined which school was what they felt was the best, and bought their home in that area. Their children ended up with outstanding educations.

Let’s create opportunities for the students that live here now, and provide an environment that draws new families. Vote for 3A and 3B.

MARILYN CALHOUN

Fruita


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Mr. D.D. Clifton is quite correct.  But then, what is new about it.  We have been doing it for decades, if not since the beginning of colonizing this continent.  And people wonder why things don’t improve.  Only a fool does the same thing over and over again expecting different results.  So, what we have in this country, is the same old ideas which keep coming back, with the idiotic expectation that “It will be different this time around”.

Sorry, the name was D.D. Lewis who wrote from Clifton.  My apologies to the gentleman.

...or lady.

It may be just a matter of semantics, but unlike Ms. Kayla Dodson, some of us don’t invest just in buildings or for the sake of training individuals to work.  What we invest in is the human being, no matter what age, what race, what nationality, what sex, what sexual orientation, what color, what national origin, etc.  Hopefully (no matter the contents of her letter) does the very same thing.

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