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Empower yourself

Dear Editor:A vote for home rule is a vote to empower yourself and your neighbors!This vote is simple: Five commissioners instead of three means that we get a representative from the Roaring Fork Valley on the Eagle County Board of Commissioners.Now is our opportunity to have representation from someone you’ll see at local events or at the store where you can ask questions and make suggestions about decisions that affect us all. Currently, the commissioner for Basalt and El Jebel is represented by someone living in Gypsum.The Eagle County budget is more than $100 million. With that much money affecting our lives for better or for worse, isn’t it appropriate to have someone from this valley weighing in on land use decisions and funding for trails, transit, open space, affordable housing and more?It’s time to fix a problem of fairness of representation that Colorado lawmakers never anticipated. Please vote yes for the Home Rule Charter!Chris LaneBasalt

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