In his or her June 9 letter to the editor (Shopping in Boulder: Pitfalls scare shoppers away), C.J. Koltz finds it comical that the City of Boulder is trying to figure out ways to combat the downturn in sales tax revenue. But rather than pointing out the City’s propensity to misinterpret the municipal tax code to allow for taxes on the 11th cup of coffee granted as part of a customer loyalty program or selective after-the-fact use tax audits of construction projects, the letter instead bemoans red light cameras and parking kiosks.
This “I won’t shop in a city that enforces its traffic laws” attitude is specious, especially coming from someone who researched the purchase of a bicycle and drove – presumably at speeds that exceeded the limit and without stopping for red lights – out of town “in order to avoid the pitfalls of shopping in Boulder.” It is hard to feel sorry for someone who chooses to make a purchase based on such a baseless rationale. It is too bad for local businesses that might lose customers, but if Boulder’s red light cameras, parking kiosks and “gotcha tickets” serve to keep our citizens safe from people who refuse to take responsibility for their actions, then we have all gained.
Adam W. Chase