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A vote for our kids

Dear Editor:

A yes vote on 3A and 3B is a vote for our kids.

If approved, 3A will provide Aspen schools $4.5 million over three years for technology and transportation. It will modernize technology for our children, so they may gain skills necessary to succeed in the 21st century. It will also offset the increasing costs of transportation and free up funding to replace an aging bus fleet with more energy-efficient buses.

If 3B passes, students will also benefit as this gives the Aspen School District the ability to better recruit and retain high quality teachers and staff. With the high cost of housing in our valley, recruiting the best educators remains a difficult challenge. The $12 million bond will provide an increase in affordable rental housing available to teachers and staff.

It will also reduce the impact of a projected 50 percent retirement rate of current staff in the next 10 years.

This is an inexpensive solution since, if both 3A and 3B pass, the property tax increase for homeowners would only be increased by $6.40 per $100,000 of assessed market value.

With the help of your YES vote, our school district will continue to provide educational excellence for our children. For more information on 3A and 3B, go to http://www.aspenbond.com.

Shawn Rios

Snowmass Village

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