Letters to the Editor, May 29, 2010
I have an aversion to clichés but snow removal during the winter months at Quinn’s Sportex Turf Field is certainly a "no brainer". We have a $1M investment in this "state-of the art" field and we use it six months or so out of the year? Let’s "come to our senses" and allocate the monies to give the children in Park City a year-around practice facility and to enhance their competitive advantage. This would alleviate "driving all over creation" for games and practices and free up an already jammed schedule at Basin Rec.
This is like owning a brand new Mercedes but the owner is keeping it in the garage six months out of the year in order to keep the mileage down. What’s the use?
Let’s "do the right thing" and bring some sense and sensibility to this issue and I promise to never write another cliche to the Park Record like "every vote counts" but in this case it does.
Affordable Housing woes exaggerated
Is anyone else tired hearing about the affordable housing need? I understand private land owners have a right to sell; however, I do disagree with changing the zoning code to allow increased density (for the phantom need of affordable housing). I am assuming the original zoning codes were in place to maintain a more rural environment versus the suburbia that is encroaching upon us. My take on the CORE rezoning is for the benefit of the developers’ pocket book(and I can assume the land owners as well). The housing need is in a slump so I really can’t understand a need at all for the amount of development that is being proposed. There are at least 7 homes for sale in less than a one mile radius from my home (and I live in the working class neighbor hood that the planning commissioners keep saying more housing is needed for). To me the supply far out weighs the demand. All that these huge developments will do is prevent existing home owner sales and/ or making the home owners sell far below market value. The planning commission needs to address the realistic needs of the community and I don’t believe high density is the answer.
Park Silly Vending Changes
I would like clarification from any of the involved parties regarding Silly Market’s new rules for applying and accepting food vendors.
It is my understanding they are not allowing the same vendors as before, instead using the restaurants currently residing on Main Street. There is nothing silly about this and the lack of transparency from City Hall, the Silly Market, and the Main Street Business alliance is shameful.
If this is true I will not be attending this summer as I have weekly the last few years and consider this a big strike for the event and its planners.
Pay close attention to tax notices
For the past few months we have been battling with the Utah State Tax Commission and the Summit County Assessor over the increase in our property taxes. From 2008 to 2009 the increase was nearly 25 percent. The battle stems from the fact that until we received the tax bill, we were not aware of the increase. The issue was born when the tax increase notice sent by regular mail from Summit County was never received; fact is we are still waiting for it to arrive. In spite of the fact we have provided all the necessary information to the tax commission and Summit County including the comps of the houses sold and for sale in the neighborhood, they are still refusing to adjust the taxes because we did not respond with in the 45-day period from the date of the tax increase notice. The readers need to understand this 45-day window is set in stone. If you do not respond, regardless of whether you have received it or not, you are responsible and you suffer the consequences.
Everyone knows the property market in Park City is at its low point. From the period of 2008 to 2009 the market in Park City reversed itself and plunged nearly 20%. Summit County subverted the process by taking the statistics from the beginning of 2008 before the market took the full hit and used those statistics to justify increases in 2009. Smart, yes, devious, also yes but fair, the answer is no.
Having your property taxes go up 25 percent and the value of your home go down by 20 percent is no picnic on either front. Having Summit County say too bad you did not receive the notice (when they mail it out they have fulfilled their responsibility) that’s too bad, please pay. The moral of the story is, when you receive your tax notice; make sure you understand you have a right to have the taxes reviewed. Make sure you look at it closely and if you feel they have over valued your property, take action. Make sure you look for the notice to be received sometime in the fall. We never really know when these will be sent out and I’m not sure if there is a drop dead date by which it needs to be done. If you have not received them by the middle of November, contact Summit County and ask for it. Be proactive.
Dennis J. Wilkinson
Kids can clear the fields
As one of the founders of P.C. Extreme Soccer Club and a volunteer soccer coach and referee in P.C. for 20 years I was impressed by the coordinated letter campaign to get the city to clear snow from the Quinn’s fields at the expense of the taxpayers.
While I agree that it should be possible to come up with some mechanized solution that wouldn’t damage the fields I wonder why the complainers don’t organize a manual solution other than having the inmates of the local jail do it. With approximately 700 youth soccer and lacrosse players plus their parents plus maybe 50 adult players that shouldn’t be that difficult. In the meantime, what’s wrong with donning tennis shoes instead of cleats and arranging to practice in one of the many large parking lots that are empty after the ski season?
The reason, I am afraid, is that P.C. players and parents are spoiled. We already have the best and probably the most accessible fields in Utah plus the indoor facility at Quinn’s that is the envy of the rest of the state.
All available at rates that I suspect are well below their true costs. At the same time, while fielding 20 or so soccer teams, rather than having
(Paid) coaches or parents learn to referee the club relies almost exclusively on officials from the valley and Heber.
I would be in favor of the city clearing the fields and charging the costs to the players, but I am not holding my breath. I have approached the mayor and the Rec. Department with proposals for some very low cost soccer related improvements at Quinn’s but has been unable to generate any interest.
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