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Marty Lich: Rich v. poor

Marty Lich
Eagle County

These second-home owners and remodels are your tax base (a base that is shrinking) – these remodels and new construction pay the lion’s share of “fee” permits, etc., all of which support financially your towns, city and county. These government entities in turn support your nonprofits such as food banks.

So are you really sure you want to demand these wealthy residents support the poor rather than make purchases and pay government fees? When the tax base shrinks, the demand for government welfare and food grows. If it is the town of Vail, it is foreigners who are snapping up costly properties, and they aren’t going to be interested in feeding Americans. Further, if these foreigners come from a Third World country where there is the wealthy elite and then the workers (such as Mexico, which is where Vail’s second-home owners are from in large numbers) they could care less about any workers, here or in their country. To them, those folks are there simply to be labor for the elite. Currently the USA is fast-tracking to exactly that caste system.

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