Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Before I moved to this valley 13 years ago I was employed framing homes in the Kansas City area.
Different suburbs had very different growth rates. I found myself mostly working in particular school district boundaries rather than a particular city. Homes in another district were sometimes just across the street, and if that district had problems it would often be reflected in the home’s value.
This condition is not unique to the Kansas City area. As a homeowner in the Re-2 district we should understand that the quality of our schools affects the value of our home. As it is currently we have good schools, our teachers care, but they are feeling the housing bubble pop now.
I think the mill levy vote is an opportunity to improve our schools, which will in turn have an effect on property values. As a resident in Re-2 I think it would be great to live in a district that is sought out over the other choices in the valley because we are known for great schools. As a parent it makes good sense to increase funding for your child’s education; as a citizen and homeowner it makes sense to encourage excellent education.
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As you consider the vote this November please remember our schools are our asset to care for, and left underfunded, they could become an additional burden to weigh us down. Give yourself and our students a hand up this November.
After watching the Phase 2 section of the LoVa trail be built, all 2,000 linear feet of it, last fall and winter I found out the cost was approximately $750,000 to build. This comes to $375 per linear foot. That’s a huge price considering many roads don’t cost that much.
Now LoVa is seeking funding to complete Phase 3 from South Canyon to Glenwood. The 1.8-mile stretch is budgeted at $3.5 million, which works out to be $368 per linear foot. Given the cost of per linear foot of Phase 2, it will be most difficult to construct Phase 3 in a more difficult section for virtually the same cost.
The total estimated cost of the entire bike path from Glenwood Springs to Rifle is $35 million. This is quite an ambitious project and one that some people think is a priority. The project seems attractive. If completed, I could jump on the bike trail from my home in Canyon Creek and ride to Glenwood.
But what benefits me is secondary to the reality of what is happening. Given the current economy in the valley, stagnant wages, more than 10 percent unemployment and multiple pages of foreclosures every few weeks in the Post Independent, one has to wonder what in the world is going on to be asking the city of Glenwood Springs to commit $600,000 over three years to such an endeavor.
The benefit of our taxes being spent this way on a project that should really be considered a luxury, not a necessity, seems terribly out of touch with the financial strain that many people and service institutions are under.
If the city of Glenwood Springs has an extra $600,000 to spend, maybe investing in the future of Glenwood Springs citizens might be a radical idea and commit this money to the Roaring Fork School District and invest in our children’s education instead.
Now that would make national news and say a lot about the city’s priorities.
You may or may not know that there is a very important vote coming up this October regarding the Carbondale Fire District.
Our community depends heavily on our fire district to respond to medical emergencies, wildfires, rescue calls and building fires 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This is an indispensible service from which all residents of Carbondale benefit.
We have the best fire district anywhere. It is up to the community to decide the future of the fire district and its services. It is a small price to pay for such incredible service.
We, at Carbondale Senior Housing, are deeply indebted to the fine men and women of our local emergency response units. We strongly support a yes vote for ballot question 4A.
Jerilyn Nieslanik, director
Kerry McQuay, maintenance supervisor
Carbondale Senior Housing
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