Warrior’s Mark annexation deserves a "yes’ vote
Warrior’s Mark property owners and residents vote Tuesday on whether the neighborhood on Breckenridge’s southwestern corner should become part of the town.
The Summit Daily News urges the vote be yes on this neighborhood-generated ballot issue.
Several months ago, we weren’t so sure annexation was the right idea. At that point, town officials were talking about assessing property owners hundreds of dollars to fund roadway and drainage improvements as a ticket for annexation.
As time went by, town officials fine-tuned the up-front cost to no more than $90 per property owner.
The money would be used by the town to buy right of way on Gold King Way so town snowplows can turn around at the town boundary.
The money may or may not be required if land owners donate the land, or if the town decides plows can do the job without it.
No matter, it is a small price to pay to become a town voter, win lower recreational fees and gain faster law enforcement response.
Yes, short-term rental unit owners will have to get a business license and collect a lodging tax. Yes, property taxes will go up by 5.07 mills, or about $46 per $100,000 of market value.
The big nut will be the 1 percent Real Estate Transfer Tax (RETT) assessed on property sales. That involves big money, no doubt about it.
The tax has hardly retarded Breckenridge’s economic progress, and in fact, the capital it generates helps create the recreational and other amenities that make Breckenridge so progressive and attractive.
For the everyday property owner and resident, the increased cost of being called a Breckenridge resident is well worth the money.
Uncle Sam offers an automatic offset to the higher property taxes for those who itemize their federal income tax deduction. Lower bills and recreation fees will help ease the pain, as well.
On the philosophical side, annexation means Warrior’s Mark residents can vote in Breckenridge elections and hold office, if they are so inclined.
It also means they can apply for seats on the planning and open space boards, just to name two of a number of opportunities to contribute to public service.
It all ads up to voting yes.
Note: balloting taxes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 1 at 547 Broken Lance Drive, the home of Carol Rockne.
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