Frisco needs more sales tax revenue
I have been wanting to write regarding the 9.4-acre parcel in Frisco, but I have been reluctant as I don’t want to listen to a month of criticism and ridicule. It is however time for those of us who feel that we need to stabilize the town’s future tax base to step up and be heard. This land was bought with a commercial use in mind, it is probably the most prime commercial property available on the 1-70 corridor, it is ugly as open space and we do need to plan ahead for the time Wal-Mart locks the door and leaves. We can not put our heads in the sand and say we do not need the tax dollars, that we can cut back on services and future development, raise property taxes, etc.The naysayers keep talking about Colorado Mountain College, which does not want this location. Affordable housing – while a laudable idea – will not bring in the needed revenue. Local businesses complain Home Depot will hurt their business – maybe, maybe not – but I do not think the town has an obligation to protect the interests of every business in town. We heard about Main Street and now we hear about Summit Boulevard. In a free market economy, is it not the responsibility of the business owners to be creative, find their niche and work to fit into a changing market?Someone wrote about a 400-pound gorilla saying we don’t need all of the millions of dollars to proposed projects that town has on tap. Well maybe we don’t, but we do need revenue for roads, water and maintenance. We also cannot ignore the 1,000-pound elephant that sits in our midst and wait until Wal-Mart turns off the lights and locks the door before we start acting. We need to be proactive and plan ahead.Those against any development sure are planning and speaking up. If you feel that business development of the 9.4-acre parcel is important, please step up and be heard!For thoughts on raising property taxes as a total solution, visit http://www.townoffrisco.com/manager-blog.html.
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