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Dear Editor,

All of the candidates admit Carbondale’s fiscal situation needs to be addressed. The differences are in the ideas about when and how. The clear choices for voters are the candidates that acknowledge the problem and want to work hard to fix it now.

Carbondale’s sales tax yield per citizen is among the worst in the state. I think about it this way. The town is like your family’s budget and future. You worked hard in the past and have a good savings. Then your income is reduced for some reason.

Do you keep spending like you did in the past and live off your savings for years thinking you will fix this later? Or do you reduce spending, look to increase your income now and aim to replenish your savings?

Carbondale has only a few years to figure it out. The incoming trustees have four years at the helm. Any economic development project will take three years to provide town revenue from sales tax. Beware of the candidates who want to tell you later what they want to see happen, who aren’t concerned about the timeline or have unrealistic or vague ideas about solutions.

Visit carbondalefocus.org to see for yourself how the candidates responded to the economic questions.

Vicki Peterson


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