Vote on room tax
To the editor:
Some of our representatives here in Maggie Valley have been accused of corruption and incompetence.
Mayor DiSimone and his cronies do not seem to care what the majority of the people want. He seems incapable of understanding the detriments of increasing the Occupancy Tax. Along with my wife, I have been running a small vacation rental business for 24 years.
As a retired computer professional, I have been able to track certain aspects of tourism in this area. What I believe we would need are more and bigger attractions such as Ghost Town, the departed Zoo, the departed Railroad Rides and the like; more attractions that would appeal to families with children.
Would additional occupancy tax money bring any of these? I think not. More taxes would only make Maggie Valley a more deserted Ghost Town.
You have already seen the intense opposition to this tax by the Lodging Association, Philip Wight and most residents of Haywood County. The Lodging Association is an experienced organization with extensive knowledge of who comes to Maggie Valley and why. The Mayor says the Lodging Association should have no special consideration regarding the matter?
This from a man who has obliterated the truth in the past by exclaiming, in paraphrase, .....”this accommodation has more rooms than that accommodation so this one should have more influence.” Huh? Duh?
This anal attempt to sway people by distortion only serves to show that he knows the overwhelming majority of the lodging owners are against this tax. And so are the majority of the citizens of Haywood County. He just doesn’t care.
Here is our suggestion for a solution. Put the issue on the November ballot. How else can it be honestly and justifiably settled? Seems like a no brainer!
Thomas and Susanne Koziol
Appreciated The Mountaineer’s help
To the editor:
Thanks to Rachel Robles at The Mountaineer for the article on the Area 1 Envirothon, sponsored by the Area 1 Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts.
Envirothon is one of the largest educational events offered by conservation districts. We at Haywood Soil and Water owe huge thanks to the many who make it happen — the students for their hard work and the teachers who serve as advisors — Angie May, Amy Tiller, Sue Miller, Mark Ethridge, Sharon Flowe and 4-H advisor Amy Warren.
The resource folks listed in the article are terrific; Kaleb Rathbone at the Test Farm and his staff always welcoming (plus, they did a teacher workshop while the kids were testing); the Pigeon River Fund aids in providing money for registration fees, travel expenses and motel rooms in Burlington; our Regional Coordinator Davis Ferguson (Division of Soil and Water Conservation) helps facilitate the whole event.
It’s so good to know our youth, our future, are learning in depth about the environmental issues that affect us all.
Haywood Soil and Water Conservation District