I never made it a secret that I was against the agricultural building and athletic facility that the voters of Alamosa were asked to support last fall.
At the time I didn’t understand how folks who didn’t own property could raise my taxes for ten plus years—still don’t understand that. I didn’t understand how school children could be given t-shirts in support of the ballot question and wear them to school and for pictures in the paper—still don’t understand if that was a proper way to use children. I also didn’t understand how children (and parents) could “campaign” on city-owned property the night of the election—just have to wonder if all folks will be allowed to campaign on city property in future elections.
And then...a couple of months ago came the article that “maybe we could meet with the city and not put in the number of bathrooms that is called for in the building code.” I believe one of the other quotes to be something like ”boy, those fixtures are sure expensive.” I guess the thinking was that we already don’t have the money so where can we start cutting corners.
And then...came the news that we are going to get a metal building for the voc/ag building—maybe it will look like the old shop behind Ortega Middle School. Is that what we voted for? According to the article, city council did not know that it was going to be a plain metal building, yet I don’t think they could do anything about the design at this point. Not sure where this discussion ended concerning the looks of this building but when we talk about a “top of the line facility” does this only apply to the athletic facility or does it also apply to the agricultural building? I thought we were trying to improve the school complex and the over all neighborhood with a couple of beautiful structures???
And now...we read that in order to “stay within budget” the greenhouse will have to be cut, etc!!! Excuse me! Was “agricultural facility and vocational” verbage only added to this whole proposal to make it more appealing to the voter when the “athletic facility” vote did not pass in the previous election? And now we talk about cutting the greenhouse and cutting here and cutting there and the actual construction hasn’t even started? WOW! Is the parking lot going to be next, and then the landscaping, and then an electrical outlet, and then a light fixture and than a step or handicap ramp and....and...and....
If this project is to continue, you need to give the voters the complete package they voted on...the whole enchilada as they say. Or stop and re-group so that you can be true stewards of the money entrusted to you by the voters.
In closing, I would like to ask if anyone out there knows when it became okay for all voters to raise my taxes—even those who don’t own property. I keep thinking about how I live in the county, own a number of properties in the city, yet can’t vote on city issues. I can’t even volunteer to be on a city board because of my residence. Granted this is America and the right to vote is precious, but should an 18 year old, with the right to vote, be allowed to raise my (and your) property taxes in this way? More importantly, how do we change this situation? How do we control our taxes in a fair and even way? Does anyone know how we can be more prepared and educated the next time we are asked to pay for a government building? I am, quite simply, tired of taxes!