To the News Enterprise:
We want to respond to the News Enterprise article in last week’s paper about the Town Board overriding the Bed Tax Committee, to set the record straight as it contained many inaccuracies.
Gore Mountain Realty, LLC, Morris Management Group is the manager for the Summit Townhomes in North Creek. We are not owners at The Summit. The Summit is an 83-unit townhouse complex made up of one- to four-bedroom townhouses. Forty-three of the townhomes are rented to tourists, skiers, rafters, weddings, etc.
The Summit has had a Shuttle Van for many years, and it has been self-paid for without tax dollars. This year, The Summit Board was thinking about not having the shuttle to cut costs, but the homeowners thought it was VERY important for rentals and tourism.
Last year, we went to the Business Alliance meeting and proposed combining the two shuttle services into one, along with a $5,000 contribution toward the cost of the service. Our motivation last year was to get hundreds of people at the Summit Townhouses downtown to see what is available and to go back and spend money. “Let’s go back to that restaurant for dinner!”
We promote the town every chance we get, by mouth and in brochures, and we are the only corporate sponsor of the Gore Mountain Chamber of Commerce. We were told NO last year. So, the summit paid for its own shuttle, to promote tourism.
After the fear of losing bed tax funds for this winter was realized, The Summit was offered to combine shuttle services with the Business Alliance. We told a Business Alliance member, Sharon Taylor, that we needed answers to two questions before we could consider combining the service.
The questions were:
1) Why was The Summit turned down last year?
2) How would combining services benefit The Summit?
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