Citizens for the Reform Of Park: Park County spending irresponsibly
Att: Park County Board of County CommissionersOur group represents a large population of concerned Park County citizens and registered voters. One major concern that the people of Park County are displeased with is your lack of willingness to listen to the people with regard to the construction of a new communications facility. This project will incur millions in debt, with a challenging proposed repayment plan using non-guaranteed funding.We have studied your project plan proposal and have reached a conclusion that there is serious deficiency in sound logical reasoning. The proposed construction, as reported in BOCC meeting December 9, 2010, of a $2.4 million communications center project shows lack of fiduciary responsibility on the part of elected Park County leadership. Several citizens have attended the BOCC meetings to voice their concern over a project that is being forced down the throats of the taxpayers.An article in The Park County Republican & Fairplay Flume reported that the number of residents is diminishing – a first in Park County, Colorado’s history. A source of the funding that you largely depend on – residents – is shrinking. The Emergency 911 Fee is dependent upon the number of Park County residents funding the 911 fee through payment via their phone bill. Would a fiscally prudent leader seek to incur debt in a time of economic downturn? Last year, prior to receiving “day-of” notification of PILT funds, your commission was facing the layoff of 15 county employees. In fact, each of the recent years, the county was forced to separate several employees from work. How does a leader explain to a terminated employee that it was an unfortunate decision, but we have to construct a new building?Furthermore, a plan that calls on the payment of debt service using funds that are not officially guaranteed to Park County, from outside governmental and independent agencies, further jeopardizes the success of the project. Historically, the county is forced to maintain a “wait and see” position with respect to the receipt of funds from the federal “Payment in Lieu of Taxes” program. There has been no guarantee as to the amount of funding to the county and there is no guarantee that the PILT funds will even be disbursed to the county next year or in any given year.We strongly encourage you to do the right thing and put “representation by the people, for the people” in force. We encourage you to bring this project to the people through a referendum vote.Should you not be willing to listen to the people and allow a vote on the issue, we shall be forced into a position to bring a cause of action to the Federal Court system under 42 USC 1983. We look forward to your public communication agreeing to our proposal.
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