Letter to the editor: County must decide

Posted 3/6/20

 

The Feb. 20 Tanscript listed the Jefferson County employees, which numbered 2,880+, and their salaries, which would need a monumental calculator to total. Of course this isn’t the …

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Letter to the editor: County must decide

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The Feb. 20 Tanscript listed the Jefferson County employees, which numbered 2,880+, and their salaries, which would need a monumental calculator to total. Of course this isn’t the total salary expense health insurance, any savings plan and rtirement the county pays must be totaled also.
Then of course there were the complaining county commissioners regarding their budget and the denial of the citizens with the recent election to give them more funds. TABOR alslows for revenue increase based on inflation and population growth so the county should have been adjusting their budget based on this instead of dipping into the reserves. If TABOR’s potential restriction of grant funding is such a problem, why haven’t the county and cities ect., lobbied the state legislature to address this problem with a ballot issue?
The manager Mr. Davis also says the percentage of property taxes the county gets has decreased even though property taxes go up. One of the problems, which he well knows, is the give-away programs that cities and the county promote as “tax incentives” for new development, that make them tax exempt for many years. This is a problem made by the greed of the cities and counties at the expense of school districts, water districts and on and on.
And of course there has been no mention of laying off employees, which is the biggest expense of the county. We read all the time of private businesses when they are out of money tey close stores (Macy’s being the latest) and fire and lay off employees.
The county must decide what services are essential, such as roads, courts, jail and what service is not essential. TABOR was passed in 1992 and the county must surely know the law by now and budget accordingly.
Elise Brougham,
Wheat Ridge

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