Letter to the editor: County should pave Peak 7 with taxes from homeowners
I am writing to express my considered and normative opinion regarding the Peak 7 paving issue. I support the eventual paving project but not in its current iteration that places the burden on the landowners and provides Summit County with a asset that will be used to later increase the assessor’s valuation of the adjourning properties. The payment for what should be the county’s responsibility does not make for common, logical or rational sense. The main roads in question are those traveled from the top of Summit County Road 911, proceed along the road bed known as American Way (C.R. 906) connecting to Ski Hill Road (C.R. 3) and joins to paved portions at/near The Grand Lodge on Peak 7 at the town limits of Breckenridge. But only part of this roadway is being considered for paving. This road description is also designated as a “collector” for traffic purposes. As such, the county should be utilizing the already collected taxes from the existing property owners to pave the roads, as defined by state statute and precedent. Look at the line items on your property assessment, and you will find a heading “Summit.”
This roadway serves as a main corridor for traffic seeking to avoid the congestion of the town and access the Peak 7 and Peak 8 ski facilities. At the very least, the county should be diligent in the fulfillment of its obligations.
County officials have pleaded no funds for such purposes, but they seem to have found funding for a myriad of discretionary programs that would be in the social engineering categories, not to mention the provision of a “free” Summit Stage from the county coffers. But no service to the taxpayers of the Peak 7 area. Perhaps, “we the people” need to pay closer attention to those who seem to be breaching their fiduciary trust with regard to the people’s money? Simply put, property owner taxpayers should be served first by government with their own money.
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