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Group poured $20,500 into campaign for RFTA buses

Scott Condon

The group that successfully lobbied voters to approve a sales tax increase for the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority’s bus system poured more than $20,000 into its campaign this fall, according to a finance report.Citizens for Trails and Transit raised $20,585 – with about three-fifths of that amount coming in during the last two weeks before the Nov. 2 election, according to its reports filed with the Colorado secretary of state’s office. The committee spent all but $330.85 in the campaign.The sales tax increase will raise extra revenues for RFTA’s operating expenses and capital reserve fund starting in 2005. The transportation agency also vowed to use some of the funds to complete the pedestrian trail between Emma and Glenwood Springs on the old railroad grade.The committee working for the tax increase received more than 100 contributions, and most of them were under $100. The largest contributors were:• Intrawest and Brush Creek Development contributed $2,500. Intrawest is the Aspen Skiing Co.’s partner in the proposed Base Village development in Snowmass Village. Brush Creek Development is a company affiliated with the Skico.• Alpine Banks of Colorado contributed $1,500.• Aspen Earthmoving contributed $1,000. Aspen Earthmoving is a construction company in the valley that has won bids in the past to build trails for RFTA.• Aspen Lodging Association contributed $1,000. In a separate contribution, the St. Regis of Aspen contributed $1,000. Several other lodges contributed smaller amounts to the campaign.• Kutak Rock, a law firm from Omaha, Neb., contributed $500. The firm has been hired for past legal work for RFTA.• The Boogie’s Diner Foundation contributed $500.• Stifel Nicolaus & Co. of St. Louis contributed $500. The financial advisory company has worked with RFTA in the past.• Other local businesses that contributed to the campaign were Western Petroleum of Glenwood Springs, $200; the Roaring Fork Club of Basalt, a golf and fishing club, $200; Chaffin/Light Associates, partners in the Roaring Fork Club, $100; Obermeyer, the Aspen ski-wear company, $100; Vicki Lee Green Realtors, Glenwood Springs, $100; and Noone Law Firm of Glenwood Springs, $50.Those businesses combined to donate $9,250, or 45 percent of the total raised during the campaign.Scott Condon’s e-mail address is