Our tax rates are very low compared to other mountain towns in the West with high levels of tourism. Many of them have sales tax rates over 9%, plus city property taxes and state income tax. Our sales tax is 6%, and we have no city property tax or state income tax. While we don’t need to match the tax levels of these towns, we do need to recognize that our tax rates are extremely low and that they are hamstringing our efforts to provide not only affordable housing, but also public transportation, infrastructure upgrades, decent city employee pay, and basic operational costs. Our fear of taxes is counterproductive; we have to acknowledge that the private sector is better at doing some things, but that the public sector is better at others. We should be investing more in the things the public sector can provide more efficiently.