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February 28, 2013
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LETTER: Vote 'NO' on Ref. A and for good reason

As usual the "Referred" measure is written in a manner that is confusing if the taxpayer does not study each word. This incomprehensible question, known as "CITY OF GRAND JUNCTION REFERRED MEASURE A" goes to the taxpayers for a vote.

If you want the river to be industrialized again, vote YES. If you want to continue the Riverfront vision started 35 years ago, vote NO.

The stake here is not the property occupied by the Brady Trucking office and maintenance building on the southwest corner of 27 1/2 and C 1/2, but the property on the river, east of Las Colonias and south of C 1/2 road. People not familiar with the issue often misunderstand that. The huge efforts made by so many over 35 years and $100 million of taxpayer dollars to make the Colorado Riverfront whole again and remove toxic garbage will hang on a majority "NO" vote.

The Colorado River is our lifeline. Having 50 feet for a walkway is throwing good money after bad. I have been working with Brady Trucking to get the City Council to pay for an appraisal for a trade or purchase, which has been unsuccessful. I hoped Brady Trucking would consider a Mesa Land Trust donation for tax credits and cash to use for their business. They have not campaigned for the industrial rezoning along the river.

A "NO" vote will give the Brady Trucking business leverage to sell, donate or trade the property and actually get something for it. If you vote yes for the ordinance, Brady Trucking will be forever saddled with worthless property not appropriate for their business or anyone else's during high water, and we will have high water again that will destroy a concrete 50-foot walkway, putting good taxpayer money at risk, again.

Benita Phillips

President, W. Colo. Congress-Mesa County

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