In your 8/24 article about Councilman Cowles’ property taxes, you report that the property’s supposed under-assessment was reported to the Assessor by a real-estate agent, Brian Barrett, who thinks that “…Cowles should be held to a higher standard than everyday residents …”. I’ve heard this idea a lot, but I really don’t know where it comes from. It seems to me that every resident of Boulder who’s willing and eligible to serve as a volunteer citizen-representative on a local governing board should be held to the same standard. Tattle-tale real estate salesmen included, along with all us other “everyday” people.
The article reports that the councilman has owned that home for 22 years and that, in Mr. Barrett’s opinion, he should have asked for an updated assessment, which might have generated several thousand additional dollars in property taxes. Fine, but before the madding crowd takes Mr. Cowles out and strings him up in the town square, I’d like to see the Camera do a piece that thoroughly compares the professional and personal contributions that Macon Cowles has made over the last 22 years to those of his critic – in ways that really matter. Let’s see how Mr. Cowles’ and Mr. Barrett’s respective professional activities, pro-bono services, community volunteer time, charitable donations, and intelligent leadership stack up against each other. Then let’s talk about standards.