A gutsy decision
Dear Editor:I applaud those members of the Aspen City Council and the mayor for their gutsy denial of the Lodge at Aspen Mountain! This vote was about real leadership and vision for Aspen. I realize that development and change in our little berg is inevitable; but in the same thought, I recognize unbridled development eventually will kill the goose laying the golden eggs.Aspen has made a remarkable comeback from Sept. 11. The economy was grim back then, and the town reacted and responded by allowing certain things to happen to stimulate our local economy. Congratulations – it has worked marvelously! Let us not overcorrect now and kill that fatted goose! This town is on notice and the battle has begun. I will see you on the front lines!Steve MaroltAspen
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Current Basalt officials say the town government has violated the Colorado Taxpayers’ Bill of Right by increasing the property tax mill levy over the prior years 10 times since the mid-2000s. Two former mayors contend the mill levy could be adjusted in any given year as long as it didn’t exceed the mill levy in 1994. It’s a $2 million question.