Letter to the editor: Parker town attorney should resign

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At the June 15 Parker Town Council meeting, Town Attorney Jim Maloney urged council to force Councilmember Cheryl Poage to recuse herself from a vote to approve a service plan for eight new subdivisions of the Cherry Creek South Metro District. Maloney accused her of “conflict of interest.” The Town’s Municipal Code Section 3.4 states “no member of the Council shall vote on any question in which he has a substantial personal or financial interest, other than the common public interest …” Poage has no personal or financial interest in these metro districts; she has stated her position is in the “common public interest.”

Poage objects to these developers returning to council, requesting a hike in the mill levy. The added tax allows developers to shift more of their infrastructure costs to a tax burden on people not yet living there. Poage believes this is unfair taxation. Maloney also convinced council that Poage recuse herself from a vote involving the South Metro Fire District because she was once employed there. But she retired three years earlier, and does not receive a pension or any financial benefit. After Maloney received a letter from developer UDC Miller demanding Poage’s recusal from their effort to purchase the Pine Curve property, the town attorney immediately obeyed. Poage had been part of a citizens group to place the issue on the ballot; again, she had no financial interest, only “common public interest.”

Mr. Maloney must resign or be dismissed by council.

Joy Overbeck

Parker

Parker

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