As I listened to City Manager Rick Olson during his interview on KPGE January 2 discussing his proposed property tax, I found issues with what he stated. I have listed the exact wording from his interview below. You can find the full interview on lakepowelllife.com.
“We do have beautiful things that citizens and council have purchased—the golf course, the public safety building, library, airport terminal—these are things that we have in our inventory, unlike the monies lost on the golf course and community center functions over the last decade. These buildings, they are still here and we have them and so paying them off is a lot easier than to continue to raise money to put into programs you have nothing physical to show for at the end of the year. So I hope that the voters are proud of what we have in the city in terms of these structures and can make the sacrifice until it’s paid.”
The citizens he mentions are you, the taxpayers, who did not vote on building Lake Powell National Golf Course, the public safety building, public library, airport terminal, the brand new PEU building (which is now Page Utilities Enterprises).
Why was a new debt added to build another beautiful building for PEU? None of the buildings were brought up for a vote to have the citizens say yes or no! Take the golf course, for instance. The citizens were against this, but the council at the time did exactly what it wanted to do.
This bond debt has been eating taxpayer monies for years and nothing was done to alleviate the cost to us.
Yes, we do have beautiful buildings and things, but now we are being asked to pay for these beautiful things that our elected officials over the years since the 1990s somehow missed knowing whether we were financially solvent to purchase more bond debts.
I will vote “no” to any property tax or raising sales tax. One reason is so many of our senior citizens who make their home in Page live on a fixed income and will not be able to afford a raise in their taxes for property or sales.
Our sales tax in Page is now 10.725 percent and can be 13.725 percent for certain items.
We are now paying debt service for garbage and debt service for sewer to pay off those debts, but now city council will talk about possibly considering a rate increase on sewer and water.
When does it stop, where does it stop? It is up to us as taxpayers who own property to make that decision.
We also need to know what has happened to the $400,000 set aside for a Wal-Mart roundabout.Why hasn’t that been used to help pay down the debt as it sits in a fund gaining interest. It may sound like a drop in the bucket but that is a good size drop to help than asking for more from taxpayers.
Shirley Manning is a Page resident of 42 years and has become involved with what is happening in the city.For the complete article see the 01-09-2013 issue.
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