...Gracedale was never responsible for a tax increase!
Perhaps we are all missing the point! From the beginning of the Gracedale saga, we were told over and over that unless Gracedale was sold - taxes would have to go up. At one point just before the referendum question vote, a 30% increase was suggested by Angle. COAF did the math and said no way Jose.
County Council's vote on December 8, 2011 (8-1) in favor of passing the 2012 budget is clear evidence that taxes didn't have to go up at all...at least not in 2012.
Blaming Gracedale was a ploy by Angle/Stoffa to get the necessary funds diverted from the sale of Gracedale to pay for the swaption. Hey, perhaps the swaption requires a tax increase when it comes due because they failed to pay it off when it was 12 million - as we understand it, presently it is above 24 Million.
Gracedale did not create this problem...Council did. While Angle says he did not vote in favor of the swaption, he surely voted in favor of passing this budget with no tax increase, which is evidence that he is only interested in not raising taxes so that as a land owner with better than 75 properties in NorCo, he does not lose money.
If taxes have to go up over the next year or two, double digits as some are predicting, it won't be because of Gracedale...Swaption? Hmmm, asbestos fines? Hmmm. Wasted tax dollar's suing the taxpayer's? Hmmm...There may be many reasons a tax increase will be necessary in the future, but the future will prove that it won't be because of Gracedale.