Local buzz: What to believe if you are a politician who listens
Believe it or not, the most endearing quality in a local elected official seems to be the ability to listen and not the ability to talk. Imagine that. A politician who listens and does not talk, a politician who is available to his or her constituency 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
If you listen very carefully, you will hear people talking about the fact business is down. Really down. Some businesses are so far down they might not ever come back.
You will hear people ask about the water levels in the reservoirs. You will hear people tell tall tales about how fast the water is coming up again.
If what they are saying is true, the entire county below about 10,000 feet will be covered in water.
The Dillon Reservoir, when completely full, is only 9,017 feet. Let’s hope it stops there. You and I know it will, but there are others who are more optimistic.
People are very angry about the dead trees along the state highways. They get even angrier when they are told that the Colorado Department of Transportation is discounting any negative impacts from magnesium chloride. Yeah. Right. If you believe that one I have some beachfront property in Park County for sale.
To top that one off, the same leader at the Colorado Department of Transportation is saying that he cannot have the dead trees removed because the federal Environmental Protection Agency will not allow them to be cut? The EPA? I think he has his departments mixed up. Maybe he does not know that most of his right of way is actually along the National Forest and is managed by the Forest Service and not the EPA.
Ah, the mysteries of government.
You might also hear people complain about their tax bills being too high. You would hear them get angry at Summit County government when the bulk of their tax dollars are going to other taxing entities.
Once you explain that, they will tell you the assessor put too high a value on their property.
A high value is great when you are going to sell your house, but not when you have to pay taxes on that value.
Something else you might hear is that houses are selling for less than their purchase price. People are actually selling their houses for less than they paid for them?
I have not been able to find any of these houses yet. What is happening is that property is selling for less than the owner THINKS the property is worth. That is sad after we were on such an up market spiral for the past 10 years, but it happens.
In the nearly 30 years I have lived here, I have seen it happen several times.
Think of your home as you would any other investment. If you want to make a sizable profit, you will have to have patience and sit on it for a year or two or three.
I promise you the housing market will rebound and you will make a nice profit at some point.
Interest rates are the lowest they have ever been, so it is time to buy and not sell. There are some great bargains out there, so now is the time to make your best deal.
We live in the most beautiful place in the world in the best country on this planet. It is time to be optimistic and get on with life.
Columnist Gary Lindstrom, a county commissioner, writes a regular Thursday column.
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