Letters to the Editor: Oct. 7

Picasa Letters to the Editor: Oct. 7 Former Fremont County Commissioner Ed Norden made his opinion known regarding the sales tax increase for the sheriff’s department and repeal of the Gallagher Amendment. I have always respected Mr. Norden and all he has done, however in this case, our opinions differ. I strongly encourage a “no” vote on both of these issues. I believe the 2013 increase was needed, although I questioned then and now the need for a full percentage point. I have several questions this time around. In 2013, it was stated that the department would add a total of 17 employees. How many were actually added? In 2013, it was stated $450,000 per year would go to replacing 12 vehicles per year. That would be 84 vehicles for over seven years. If there are only 40 patrol staff, plus detective and investigator, plus animal control what are the other 40 vehicles for? Or have they all been replaced twice? Or was the “plan” not followed? A goal of replacement at 150,000 miles seems like overkill. The current tax does not sunset until 2023. There is ample time to have these detailed conversations before the 2022 election. At that time we can see what happens to the economy and local needs after the train wreck that has been 2020 is over. There is no need to rush to approve now – unless they need the revenue stream to secure another round of Tabor avoidance borrowing called certificates of […]

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