We all deserve a voice on tax hike

To the editor,

On Aug. 21, I spoke at the City Council meeting in opposition of the forthcoming tax increase. I encourage everyone to watch minute 24 to 32 on Durango Government Television, DGOV.

In the past, the response I have received from city staff and city councilors when I suggested that our extremely high water rates were limiting local food production, decreasing property values and eliminating green space is “Where were you when we were originally discussing this issue?”

Now that I am at the table at the right time questioning the need for another sales and property tax, harassment and anger are being expressed since I have a differing opinion. This isn’t the Durango I grew up in. Everybody in this community deserves to have a voice, whether it is properly timed or contrary to city leaders.

– John Simpson, Durango