|McWhinney Proposes Tax Holiday For McWhinney
Chad McWhinney Promotes Myths In Local Media
|Barriers To Entry
A key component of McWhinney's tax
holiday request strategy is to ensure no
other developer can also benefit from
the proposed tax holiday from the CEF's
(Capital Expansion Fees).
According to sources inside city hall,
McWhinney has been negotiating
through Mayor Gene Pielin who directed
City Manager Don Williams to shorten
the period to only 30-45 days for the
City Attorney John Duval is worried
about the legal ramifications of doing this
and asked for a longer tax holiday
window to help obfuscate the fact it is
being done only for McWhinney.
Under the 14th Amendment of the U.S.
Constitution all persons have a right to
equal treatment under the law.
Changing the law temporarily to benefit
only one company could be challenged
as a violation of the rights of other
developers who must pay the fee.
McWhinney has lobbied the city to keep
the period as short as possible to close
the door on any competition. The
compromise between McWhinney and
the city attorney is only 5 months --
from Tuesday night until December 31,
City Attorney John Duval also directed
staff to be sure and remind the media
that "all companies" are eligible so that it
appears the measure is for the general
welfare of the community and not to
favor only one company.
Given the time required to file for a
multi-family housing project it is unlikely
any competitor to McWhinney will have
time to get in under the new deadline.
While illegal, the Loveland City Council
appears to be changing the law
temporarily to benefit just one company
and provide McWhinney favorable tax
treatment not available to other
|The proposed resolution will reduce
nine CEF's (Capital Expansion Fees)
for the following;
1. Fire Protection 61%
2. Law Enforcement 61%
3. General Government 61%
4. Library 61%
5. Museum 61%
6. Parks 61%
7. Recreation 61%
8. Trails 61%
9. Open 61%
By reducing these fees the additional
impact to these services will need to
be paid by Loveland's current
residents or the services reduced as
the CEF's are a calculation of the cost
to services of adding additional
residents to the community.