Letter: Many benefits of A&I tax
We are encouraging our friends and neighbors to vote yes on the A&I tax and bonding questions on the Glenwood Springs’ ballot — 2H and 2I.
There are many other benefits to the A&I tax besides the capital improvements to our city. Each year 3.4 percent of this sales tax goes toward city discretionary funds. These funds are given out through a grant process through the Financial Advisory Board, which is made up of five community members. In 2015, the city gave out $118,144; in 2016 $152,102 and in 2017 it will be $163,717. Some of the programs that have received money in 2016 include LIFT-UP, Youth Zone, Catholic Charities, Youth Hockey, Team Sopris, Summer of Music, holiday lighting for downtown, soccer club and Alpine Legal Services, to name a few.
These funds touch the needs of community members themselves. Each year these needs are different based on the economic climate and the opportunities that arise from various nonprofits.
The funds generated by the A&I tax stay in our community, and we reap the benefits every day. Seventy-three percent of this tax is paid by people outside the 81601 ZIP code. Please vote yes on 2H and 2I.
Joe and Judy O’Donnell
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