Garfield County’s interest in RFTA is a positive sign |

Garfield County’s interest in RFTA is a positive sign

It’s about time Garfield County began to take its responsibility to the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority seriously by asking voters to approve a tax to help fund the agency.

The county’s refusal to participate in RFTA, when residents living in every other jurisdiction between Aspen and Glenwood Springs pay extra sales taxes to support the agency, has long been a sore spot among many valley residents. After all, RFTA has been providing service in Garfield County for years. Why should it get free service when everyone else has to pay for it?

The commissioners’ newfound interest in supporting the bus agency is the right decision. Through the long downturn in the economy, the financial picture at RFTA has been bleak. And it simply shouldn’t be expected to provide service to areas that aren’t willing to pay a share of the tab.

Whatever amount of money can be raised with a new, dedicated sales tax in unincorporated Garfield County will help the bottom line at an agency that already runs on a tight budget. A yes vote would also give Garfield County a seat at the board’s table, where any and all input is also appreciated.

We strongly encourage the residents of Garfield County to do the right thing and approve both questions commissioners want to put on the November ballot.