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Eagle Co. surveys folks in midvalley

Aspen Times Staff Report

Eagle County is funding a survey to find out how midvalley residents feel about everything from secession to funding a train.

Ritter-Braden, a marketing firm from Denver, has been posing questions to Eagle County residents of the Roaring Fork Valley for two weeks, according to County Administrator Jack Ingstad.

The survey, conducted by telephone, takes about three minutes to complete. About 300 households were targeted in a random sample.

Most of the questions revolve around recreation. Respondents were asked if their family would use facilities for a variety of sports and recreation, such as baseball, soccer and tennis.

They were also asked if they supported creation of a special taxing district to fund recreation facilities.

Answers to those questions will be shared with a special committee recently formed to come up with a plan for use of the Mt. Sopris Tree Farm, said Ingstad.

The survey also poses questions about the ongoing effort by a small group to explore secession from Eagle County. Respondents were asked if they would support joining Garfield County, joining Pitkin County or forming a new county.

They were asked if their support for action would be affected if they knew taxes would be higher.

Ingstad said the survey could help county commissioners gauge how much support exists among citizens for secession. So far it’s been a small but vocal group that has pursued the issue, making its popular support hard to determine, he noted.

The survey also dives into the valley’s favorite political football. Respondents are asked if they support the concept of rail and if they would pay higher taxes to support service.

Ingstad said he hopes to get a preliminary summary of the responses any day.

This is the first time Eagle County has conducted a community survey. If it’s seen as valuable by the commissioners, questions will be tailored for residents in the main body of the county, according to Ingstad.

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