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Higher accountability

During the skyrocketing Aspen real estate days of 1999, a city staff member responsible for recommending HPC approvals for millions of dollars of construction in Aspen bought a free market house for $241,000 that was assessed by the county at that time for $750,000. The seller happened to be a partnership managed by a local builder that had recently received approvals from HPC.

No one receives something for nothing – especially $500,000. If a person purchases a house for 1/3 of the assessed value one might wonder if something else of value was exchanged to make up the remaining $500,000 of the transaction.

City staff serves at a higher level of public accountability than someone in the private sector because the taxpayers of Aspen are paying their salaries. As a City Council candidate, one of my goals is to strengthen the public perception of the city staff.

Each voter may consider whether $500,000 in value received for no declared consideration strengthens or weakens their perception of our government’s accountability. Let me hear from you on this or other issues. I’ll be at a table outside the Post Office from 12-1 through Friday this week.

Bert Myrin

Aspen City Council candidate

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