Letter to the editor: Questions to consider

Posted 1/8/19

Questions to consider As the Town of Parker experiences budget issues, is it time to consider listening to their community rather than their pro business position? Granted, getting more businesses …

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Letter to the editor: Questions to consider

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Questions to consider

As the Town of Parker experiences budget issues, is it time to consider listening to their community rather than their pro business position? Granted, getting more businesses into Parker is important since the majority of revenue needed comes from sales tax. Is the town providing too many incentives for business to come to Parker but fail like Gander? Is the revenue generated from more apartment units sufficient to offset the impacts they bring? Is the town listening to residents who oppose more apartments like the one proposed in Stroh Ranch? Is the town showing concerns for the quality of life in Parker as more apartments bring more traffic which has already impacted the community? As single-family housing is on the downturn, are more apartments the answer to solving budget issues?

At one point, downtown Parker was a focal point but as traffic/parking issues increase is downtown viable? The town hosts many events downtown that makes this community unique but is traffic/parking creating problems for the community to embrace these events? I know no one wants to talk taxes but is it time to research possible property tax to support the town’s budget in order to restore the quality of life Parker was once known for?

As the development on West Main reaches its potential, what will be the impact on Mainstreet for residents wanting to get to their destination? Many questions that need good discussion with stakeholders and not working in a vacuum of decision making that a few feel is in the town’s best interest.

Dave Usechek

Parker

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