Responding to the article on the Jump Start program in the Dec. 28 Delta County Independent:
When the program was established by the Colorado State Legislature I doubt established businesses in Delta County and other counties that have provided services to our community, have struggled, paid taxes, employed personnel, were ever considered during the extreme decline in our county. It has been our hearts, souls, blood, sweat and sometimes tears in this county that are now demoralized with the Jump Start program.
The program offers 100 percent tax relief all around to these new businesses when ours has doubled over the last 20 years. Delta County is screaming how poor they are, not enough taxes to the existing businesses or homes. The City of Delta has practically bankrupted itself with the bypass. People were asked to sign a petition for CDOT to pick up the tab for the city's mistakes.
Jump Start participants should be helping existing businesses that will provide services to our county along with surrounding counties. Reducing our taxes 100 percent all around would provide monies to hire another employee, to expand, to diversify.
You want a distressed county? Take a good look around. Small businesses cannot afford to hire five full-time employees. Obamacare kills that, then the employees are fined for not having his medical program. Do Jump Start plans include reducing the medical costs to these new businesses? Are medical benefits offered to employees that are being hired to a company with under five employees?
Every business is unique in its own way. A new employee receives an education when hired. A new door is opened to them whether they stay and learn more, or see another door opening to learn more in another establishment.
Twenty years ago this coming March we established our business. We pay our bills, we pay our taxes and we are ignored along with so many others.
The program needs to be redefined, to include all of us that have endured the struggles of Delta County and other counties.