Recent letters have discussed taxing internet purchases, funding ambulance services, the financial drain of golf courses, etc. So of course I want to put my two-cents' worth in!
I understand the desire of government entities to tax online purchases, since those purchases lower the local tax revenue received and impact local businesses. However, taxing internet purchases will open the door to yet another taxing method that will constantly expand and increase (the story of government!), and we're already overtaxed and overgoverned. Once governments get their noses in the tent, what other taxes and regulations will they impose on the internet?
I am not a golfer, so to me, having golf courses in arid Colorado, where the mantra is 'Conserve Water,' is ridiculous. If we have to have them, why not innovate with native grass courses that require less water and provide more challenges? In any case, these facilities, used by such a small percentage of our population, should not be supported by taxpayers. I'd like to see an article showing how much water the Delta and Cedaredge courses use each year, how much money local governments dump into them, how much property tax is gained from homes around the golf course, and how many of those homeowners actually use the course. Those who don't would no doubt have bought a house without a golf course nearby, and the towns would have received their property taxes without funding a golf course.
And yes, it seems that government always threatens that unless we increase taxes we'll have less money for schools, police, veterans' care, and Social Security, but they never threaten to cut funding for the golf courses, welfare program overuse, importing foreigners, etc. We need to get priorities straight!
The mill levy for the library is 3.0 and for the ambulance is 2.5. I am an avid reader, and I was on the library board for two years. I strongly believe our libraries are a very important part of our communities and our country. I just as strongly believe, however, that the ambulance system is vital and necessary. Could we possibly resplit this 5.5 mill levy evenly between these two very important entities? It would be a little less for the libraries, a little more for the ambulances, but it would be equitable between these two essential systems.