Letter to the editor: Vote no on sales tax in Lone Tree

Posted 9/7/21

I urge all Lone Tree residents to vote “no” to the proposed Lone Tree sales tax increase. Saying “it’s just a penny” is a platitude, not justification. The city’s …

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Letter to the editor: Vote no on sales tax in Lone Tree

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I urge all Lone Tree residents to vote “no” to the proposed Lone Tree sales tax increase.

Saying “it’s just a penny” is a platitude, not justification. The city’s elected representatives have not justified a true need for any increase, nor have they shown any of the belt-tightening its own residents were forced to endure during the forced COVID closures and restrictions of 2020.

Yes, we’ve experienced significant growth. However, from 2010 to 2019, while Lone Tree’s population grew by 47%, its revenue grew by a whopping 98% to over $60 million! 60. Million. Dollars. For our 9.6-square-mile city. And revenue will increase naturally as Ridgegate East is developed.

Sure the city lost revenue in 2020 — as did so many of our residents and businesses — but they still ended up just above pre-COVID revenue.

The city needs to look at real ways to recover from COVID without dipping into our pockets and without threatening to sacrifice its most important responsibilities (i.e. police) first. Lone Tree still managed to increase capital assets by $17.6 million during COVID while current assets dropped by $10 million. Let’s stop feeding their penchant for capital expenditures. Providing police and safety for residents is arguably the primary role of government. Building barely-used bridges and operating an arts center at a loss is not.

Bobbi Hillard

Lone Tree

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