Downvalley gets the bills |

Downvalley gets the bills

It is distressing to live in Pitkin County these days. The government is very concerned about regulating, planning and zoning. Although the small size of our county offers an opportunity to design projects appropriate to individual location, one-size-fits-all is the approach favored by BIG BROTHER.

There are plenty of dollars to check on bear-proof Dumpsters, fencing heights for elk, emissions amounts, the number of cars parked at receptions and how and where you should add a room to your house. But although Pitkin County is the economic engine driving the great influx of lower-paid workers to our area and despite the time and money available for all the stifling supervision handed down, here are Aspen and county expectations on major issues:

1. Carbondale, Glenwood, Rifle, etc. should contribute generously for bus service to Aspen.

2. RE-1 and RE-2 districts can absorb the difficulties of educating the workers’ children.

3. Downvalley can pay higher taxes for increased law enforcement and social service costs, and now, most shamefully …

4. The 12-hour-a-week medical care provided midvalley is shoved off to Glenwood! Let Garfield County do it! Aspen gets the employees, downvalley gets the bills. What an upside-down set of priorities.

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