Cuts don’t bode well
July 9, 2002
Governmental cutbacks in times of a slowing economy are usually welcomed by taxpayers, and would be in Aspen if the cuts were in line with what is perceived as the bloat.
But day by day we read in our newspapers of proposed cuts in essential services that benefit most of us, rather than the elimination of redundant, unnecessary and unproductive positions within our overstaffed county (and likewise city) governments.
It is difficult to eliminate the position of a talented, educated individual who is a co-worker and friend and for whom a position was created when the good times were rolling. But in Aspen our services already were lagging far behind our potential because so much of our income went out in salaries, leaving too little for the nitty-gritty (like roads) and the grand (like we see in Boulder).
So why are insiders making the decisions on what is to go and what is to stay in place? Why is not an objective consultant looking out for the interests of the taxpayer so we can use this downturn as an opportunity to trim down the fat rather than dynamite proven programs?
As a retired public relations person and former Democrat committee woman, I see the public relations and political reasons for these threats to beloved institutions as we approach an election for a tax increase.
But from the same background I can assure you that there is an escalating alarm out here that does not bode well for a yes vote under the present policies.
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