Letter to the editor: I’m happy to help Summit County with its budget problem | SummitDaily.com

Letter to the editor: I’m happy to help Summit County with its budget problem

Robert Johnson

Seems our tone-deaf county commissioners want to collect more property taxes to fund their profligate spending. Their place as the worst trio of Summit County commissioners in history is now secure. Maybe they have been sheltering in their basements too long and don’t realize that our local economy has tanked, many jobs have been lost forever, and people are struggling to make their mortgage payments. 

Their solution? Bypass Colorado’s Constitution to collect extra property tax revenue beyond what current law allows. It’s a classic scam: Promise “this is not a tax increase” while exceeding constitutional limits on tax collections. This dishonest manipulation will fool some voters but not everyone. 

There is, however, a silver lining: Thomas Davidson and Karn Stiegelmeier are term limited. The wreckage they leave behind can hopefully be repaired by replacements that possess common sense. Then there is Elisabeth Lawrence, who was appointed by her partisan political friends and is now up for her first real election. Lawrence does not seem to be of sufficient caliber for the tasks at hand. Our three commissioners appear to have no clue how to work within a tight budget during the current financial crisis. 

Their constituents do. We have all made the hard adjustments needed. If the commissioners need help, just ask. Give us a copy of the current county budget, a red pen and one hour, and we will identify the needed cuts. First to go will be the commissioners’ $100,000-plus salary. That’s too much for part-time work. Next, kill the costly staff and litigation expenses associated with reckless efforts to seize dedicated open space (Fiester Preserve) to build costly public housing projects. Then reduce bloated county staff levels. Focus on the basics and cut the rest, just like Summit County families are doing every day.

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