Vandals strike pro-annexation signs
BRECKENRIDGE – Andy Carlberg of Warrior’s Mark says his neighborhood is turning into a battlefield – and someone has thrown the first punch.
Carlberg and others woke up Wednesday morning to find that someone had spray painted “NO” on signs they’d posted in their yards supporting an annexation proposal on an Oct. 1. neighborhood ballot He called the Sheriff’s Department to file a report.
Warrior’s Mark and Warrior’s Mark West residents will decide next month whether the two subdivisions will be annexed into in the town of Breckenridge. Voters turned down a similar proposal several years ago. Proponents then said time-share owners skewed the results of that vote. This time, a condo complex composed of time-share units was excluded from the annexation proposal.
“It’s an annexation,” Carlberg said with a laugh. “It’s our neighbors doing this to us. That’s not right. It’s getting kind of weird now.”
Both sides have been vocal about the possible annexation, with opponents fighting against increased property and new real estate transfer taxes and trading known county services for unknown town services. Proponents say the taxes are negligible when benefits – in-town rates at town facilities and the right to vote on town issues – are taken into account.
“I’m really disappointed it’s gotten to that point where we’re getting into vandalism,” Carlberg said. “It’s sad when people start trespassing and destroying other people’s property. I just couldn’t believe it.”
His sign was posted on a stake in his yard, and paint splattered nearby decorative rocks. Residents in the subdivision say three or four signs of the 12 that were erected were defaced or removed.
Bryan Whitcomb, whose sign was left unscathed, said he believes the culprit belongs in the “anti-annexation” camp – although he doesn’t know that for sure – and doesn’t want to know. Representatives from the opposition camp could not be reached for comment.
“They’re acting out of desperation,” he said. “But it helps us in a way, because it shows they don’t care about the neighborhood and the people who live here. It makes them look a little bad. It’s going to be an interesting campaign.”
Carlberg said he plans to keep the defaced sign up in his yard.
“I’m going to leave it up the way it is,” he said. “I’m going to show everybody what these people are about. This is getting ridiculous.”
Jane Stebbins can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 228 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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