Arrival of tax bills prompts taxing questions |

Arrival of tax bills prompts taxing questions

This week, you probably got your property tax notices in the mail. Other than just looking at how much you pay, look at the breakdown of who gets what.

To give you an idea, it’s about 48 percent to Summit County schools, 22 percent to Summit County government, 15 percent to fire protection and 7 percent to Colorado Mountain College.

The remaining 8 percent is divided among the Colorado River Water Conservation District, Middle Park Water Conservancy District and to any of the towns that collect a property tax.

Now, think about how much the schools get from a community made up largely of second homes, where the owners have no children here who use our schools – even if they do use public services.

Hopefully, they won’t need the fire department, but it’s there.

We have all heard about the county’s budget problems. Think of all the county provides us on 22 percent of our taxes compared with 48 percent for schools.

All I want you to do is be informed of the amount and percent you pay to whom.

So the next time a ballot question is up for voting on more taxes, keep this in mind.

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