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Citizens speak out

Aspen Times Staff Report

The Aspen Ranger District received 167 responses to its call for public comments on the fee plan for Maroon Lake.

Below, comments are divided into general categories by their content, followed by the number of each type received. Sympathetic to the Forest Service’s need to recover costs: 6 Approve of charging a fee: 2 Approve of voluntary fee only: 2 Generally opposed to fee: 13 Opposed to fee for non-motorized users: 11 Opposed to fee for non-motorized users, expressed on uniform postcards imprinted with the slogan “Free the Bells”: 116 Believe a fee is a regressive tax: 6 Believe funding should be allocated by Congress: 4 Support a season pass: 4 Believe a fee disproportionally affects low-income users: 3 Some citizens made specific comments, noting the fee creates the feeling of a carnival ride; that in a time of budget surplus, Congress needs to hear that more money needs to be spent on public lands; that fees to visit public lands are double taxation; that fees would price people out of the mountains and that fiscal responsibility does not begin with irresponsible spending.


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