Bryce Jacobson, Business Beat
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I am impressed at the engagement of the citizenry of Craig and Moffat County throughout this past week.
Citizens who were concerned about government and/or the actions taken by government.
Two instances of this occurred with a full house Tuesday at the Craig City Council chambers for Sen. Michael Bennet's visit to Craig, and a day later, hundreds of people participated in the Tax Day Tea Party protest at the Moffat County Courthouse.
Usually, this space is filled with news about individual businesses, but this week, I have some thoughts about business in Moffat County in general.
At Wednesday's tea party, I had the opportunity to visit with one of our county commissioners, Tom Gray.
The way I understood Gray's point of view of the tea party was to say that the people who were assembled at the courthouse were there to say that the national government should stop spending and to stay out of the business of fixing the economy.
Gray is definitely a free market supporter. So, I got to thinking, one way that those gathered there that day and the rest of the citizens of Moffat County can get involved and work on change is to visit with the county commission to root for change here locally, in Moffat County.
If one or all of our commissioners agree that the government should not stand in the way of the free market, nor assist the free market, then they surely would be willing to approve, and if not approve at least consider, a change in how they do business.
I urge the commissioners, and you the citizens, to begin the conversation today regarding the operations of county government.
Come to the table to discuss what an appropriate reserve is to have in place for the future of Moffat County, what services absolutely have to be provided, where savings can be had, and determine if there should be a county manager, etc.
At day's end, maybe the solution will be a property tax refund, maybe it will be a decrease in property taxes for businesses based on the number of employees employed, and quite possibly it could be a conversation that determines whether everything that the Moffat County Commission does as stewards of our money is appropriate.
I don't think anyone can deny that lowering taxes can stimulate the economy; I don't think that many people will dispute that there are efficiencies that can be had at the local county level that will allow more money to stay in businesses and property owners' hands.
Narrow the focus, start change here.
At the end of the day, if this column does nothing else than spur conversation, I will deem it a success.