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Does preserving history include pricey meals?

Dear Editor:

The July 27 article “The Price of Preserving Aspen’s History” demonstrates that the city is wasting tax dollars in the face of a looming financial crisis. The city appropriated significant funds to be used by its staff to support the task force. What do the citizens have to show for it ” feting the Historic Preservation Task Force (and city staff) to seven very expensive lunches, some at rented facilities, a movie, and thousands spent for a logo. Since when does a temporary task force need a logo?

May I suggest they use the free conference rooms at the library, brown bag it and forego the monogramming?

More excessive were the costs associated with bringing several historic preservation experts to Aspen, when each spoke for no more than 15 minutes.

Before the council approves any additional funds, let them rein in the spendthrift attitude of staff. The mission of this task force is not an endless sampling of the fine cuisine available in our fair city, nor is it to produce movies or create logos. None of the task force members need their lunches paid for, but our homeless do.

I am all for historic preservation, but, at the same time, how about our elected officials and city staff preserving our tax dollars by spending them wisely?

Liz Siegel


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