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Help local businesses survive

Dear Editor:

The Monday, April 5, Aspen Times was headlined “Steak Pit and Double Dog set to close.” I propose an incentive for business owners paying “triple net,” which includes real estate taxes, that they be given a 50 percent reduction in their taxes if they can demonstrate that they are residents of Pitkin County by their Colorado income tax returns and voter registration cards.

That needs to be keyed to a mandate to the property owners to not increase rents above the average for comparable central core locations. This real estate tax reduction or rebate can be implemented by a community-minded mayor and City Council or by approval of a referendum at the next election.

I appeal to property owners who are slowly “killing the goose that laid the golden egg” of Aspen. Just walk down the steps of the Double Dog and see those hundreds of local dog photos on the stairway walls, including ours, that create a living soul and spirit to the Double Dog. Come on Tuesday evenings to hear the music of nationally known locals such as John Sommers and Sandy Munro. This is more than sterile square footage!

Local business owners are exemplified by Bob and Cindy Glowacki, the owners of the Steak Pit and Double Dog. Again, I suggest real estate tax relief in the triple net paid by local businesses.

To prevent rents just being further increased to fill the tax relief, such rentals to locals will not be allowed to exceed core center averages for comparable properties.

Tom Kurt


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