County’s priorities not straight
August 21, 2002
The results of the recent vote on the ballot question concerning Pitkin County’s Home Rule Charter could be interpreted as merely an anti-tax vote. However, it was, in fact, a referendum on Pitkin County government.
Unfortunately, many of us have negative experience with the county government, which seems intent on micro-managing the lives of its constituents and the use of their property.
For example, to add ancillary facilities to a ranching operation, the owner must submit to the county’s costly and cumbersome growth management quota system. To resurface a private road, the subdivision in which I live was required to get permission from the county commissioners, expending substantial time and money in the process.
The priority of Pitkin County government appears to be to manage the activities of people living in the county, while the county itself overlooks important public services that it should be performing, such as repairing the dangerous condition of Watson Divide.
A government that does not appear to have its priorities straight can hardly expect support at the ballot box.
Frieda K. Wallison
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