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Be a good neighbor, vote yes on 1A

Dear Editor:

I urge everyone to vote yes on issue 1A on the mail-in ballot, a dedicated funding source for health and human service agencies and community health nonprofits that provide quality of life for so many residents in our community.

Voting yes on 1A means the renewal of an existing tax with a slight increase of $13 per $1 million. The total tax would be $55 per million. This amount will allow our community to gain access to affordable services that will assist in promoting this area as a desirable place to live and work.

The Health and Human Service agencies and nonprofits make our valley a better place to live by helping citizens, workers and their families through crisis and health needs of many kinds. Individuals and families are assisted with caregiving for a loved one, providing health care for their children, programs and services for seniors, emergency financial aid, legal aid, mental health counseling, school health, assistance for the disabled, help for the deaf – to name but a few of the many services that are provided.

By granting a very small percentage of agencies’ operating budgets through a rigorous grant process, the Healthy Community Fund’s positive support is given to a variety of social service programs that the county could not afford to do on their own.

Voting yes on Referendum 1A is about maximizing the social, emotional and physical potential of all those who live and work in Pitkin County. How great is that!

The recession is painful for us all, but it is especially painful for the growing list of participants requesting services from these nonprofits and agencies. This is an important and valuable way we can help our neighbors and friends that will only have a small bearing on each of us individually.

Can you imagine the impact on our community if these services were not in place? How would this affect the workplace, family autonomy, crime, our school community or the mental well-being of those we know?

I would not want to live, raise a family, work or play in a place that did not care for its residents. I am extremely proud and grateful to all the agencies that strive to help our citizens be safe, lead productive lives and avoid higher costs later on from issues or situations that were not mitigated early on.

Please vote yes on Referendum 1A.

Elizabeth Means


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