Where's Your Proof, Jim McCormick?
Once again Jim McCormick makes accusations against Billy Carlisle, flagrantly calling Carlisle a liar.
McCormick claims Carlisle voted, at a Chaffee County Republican Party meeting in 2012, for a resolution asking county commissioners to put on the 2012 ballot an initiative that would stop Chaffee County from giving Salida, Buena Vista and Poncha Springs a portion of county sales tax. Carlisle then, according to McCormick, lied about his vote.
Carlisle says he doesn’t remember his vote on any particular tax sharing measure, but that he actively urged county commissioners not to put such a measure on the ballot. They didn’t. In a meeting around October, 2013, Commissioner Dennis Giese told city council members that Carlisle had worked to keep the measure off the ballot. Commissioner Frank Holman further confirmed Carlisle’s position, as plainly reported in an October 18, 2013 Mountain Mail article.
I attended the Chaffee County Democratic Party meeting on February 14. A number of resolutions were offered and folks were asked for a vote. From my point of view, I sat on my hands and didn’t say anything about anything. Did I vote? Were the votes “unanimous?” I really don’t know. I can’t even remember what all the issues were.
What I do remember is seeing Democratic Chair Forrest Whitman at the meeting. We talked. A week or so later, he penned a February 25 Mountain Mail guest opinion implying that all those involved with the Carlisle–Farney Citizen’s Initiative were “tea partiers.” I say this not to put down the Tea Party – good sausage has many ingredients – but to show Whitman’s willingness to twist or disregard fact. It was surprising to be called a “tea partier,” given our mutual attendance and discussion at the Democrats’ meeting eleven days before.
Carlisle and I differ on many political views. We work together, however, to promote a more accountable city government. Carlisle-Farney opponents throw accusations of “tea party-ism,” “misinformation,” “disinformation,” “innuendos,” etc. without ever offering proof. The psychological concept of “mirroring” comes to mind - that which you perceive (accurately or inaccurately) the other does is that which you do yourself.
The idea of the county not sharing its taxes with Salida can be properly viewed as silly and unfair. Salida subsidizes the SteamPlant, maintains Riverside Park, and provides access and security for county buildings, to the benefit of county residents. A repeal of county tax sharing would need approval of Poncha Springs, Salida and Buena Vista voters. All would be hurt by the repeal. Fat chance it would pass.
Carlisle knows all of this. That’s why he opposed the whole “repeal tax sharing” concept and asked county commissioners to keep the issue off the 2012 ballot.
I’ve made many allegations against city staff, always working to ensure I possess solid evidence that can be produced. McCormick should do the same. Where’s your proof, Mr. McCormick? What evidence do you have to support your disturbing allegations against Billy Carlisle?
At this point, please put up, sir, or please sit down.