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Townhouse managers respond to shuttle story

We never received an answer until last week’s paper came out. We feel the public should know a few things as $10,000 or more taxpayer dollars are being spent to benefit a handful of small businesses in North Creek.

We want the public to know:

1) We never said NO to the combination of services. It was OUR idea last year.

2) The Summit has been turned down. The statement Mike Bowers made “that every lodging facility is included in the shuttle” is false.

3) The Summit never received bed tax funds even though they contribute to bed tax, does exactly what county wanted “put heads in beds,” as well as pay $250,000/+ in combined taxes.

4) The Business Alliance has now received ever increasing funding for four years, but the rule is a 25 percent reduction each year, which does not apply to them, and it should.

We feel bed tax distributions and the town shuttle services are great ideas. We also feel the Summit Shuttle is a great idea for tourism. We have talked to Don from Brant Lake Taxi about taking people to downtown, the train, as well as Gore. We feel everyone should work together and the bed tax should be awarded according to the rules, and fairly. The bed tax should be awarded to things like this, but we do not agree with the town paying an additional $3,200 so the hotels can offer a free shuttle service. We are local and want to see the town and all businesses do well. The Summit is a part of this town and has been for 25 years, and brings a lot of tourists to the area.

This letter is from Erwin and Joe Morris, not the Summit Townhomes. Erwin and Joseph Morris, Gore Mountain Realty, LLC, Morris Management Group

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