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5/21/2019 7:30:00 AM
Commissioners To Increase Taxes By Over $7,000,000
Haag speaks out against tax increase, says he'll run for Commissioner

Nic Haag
Letter to the Editor

Come June 3rd, we in Lincoln County are likely to witness an historic event, one of the largest year-over-year property tax increases in our county’s history, an increase of over 10%.

The rate did not go up per se but with the substantial hikes in local property valuations, a result of all the recent development, the county commissioners have largely decided they could spend that extra money better than we could, and thus decided to keep all of it--in the most politically favorable way possible, by changing nothing.

They can and do (of course) claim they are not raising the rate, and may take us all for stupid, but it’s not like they are printing this money in the back office, they are taking it from us.

It is for our own good you see, for we need to think “even longer term” two commissioners stated. By putting more money down on capital projects and in rainy day funds now we save money on debt in the future.

While this is true, the actual outcome will be those of us that live here now will have to suffer the increase, so those that move here in the future won’t bear as much of a debt burden. I highly doubt the folks that eventually fill up currently proposed developments will appreciate our sacrifice.

What I find extremely ironic, is the two commissioners from East Lincoln are in favor of this cash grab, despite how vehemently they fought against the Denver incorporation effort. “No Incorporation, No New Taxes” was the slogan, and fair enough it was not going to be free. Yet here they are planning to vote for a $7 million+ county tax increase, $4 million of which is Denver/Catawba Springs’ share. 

I recall at an incorporation town hall people were outraged at the thought of their taxes going up, even rising to the level of threats of violence. Yet the new taxes being levied on Denver are even more than what the incorporation effort would have cost. Where is the outrage now?

Do we not realize that the county is squeezing Denver for an extra $100 from every man, woman, and child? And not one dollar of it is coming back?

To the Commissioners that vote yes on this massive tax hike, all of which are fellow fiscal conservative Republicans, I have an interesting fact you may not know about our party’s mascot. Elephants have terrific memories. They never forget those that have caused them harm in the past. Like an elephant, I will never forget you four commissioners who intend to vote for a $7 million cash grab next month, especially the two of you that rallied an army to fight the Denver effort, only to turn around and stab the people that live here in the back.

Two of these big spending commissioners are up for reelection in 2020; let us not forget come the primary vote on March 3rd. With that said, I, Nic Haag, intend to seek one of the open seats on the county commission in 2020 with the sole intention of getting us our money back.  

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Article comment by: Peggy Coffey

Well guess folks are not drinking enough alcoholic beverages to get all that tax revenue to solve our finanial wows. All the new businesses, great economicial growth they keep telling us, Welfare for that growth hurts the low income and retired folks. Signs of the times

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