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Know the facts first

Dear Editor:

This is in response to the letter from Nancy Magoon, the president of the board of trustees of the Aspen Art Museum (letters, April 15). Ms. Magoon, I don’t think very many people question the fact that the Aspen Art Museum and its trustees and staff are very dedicated people, and do many good things, as do, of course, many other fine nonprofits in the Roaring Fork Valley. That is not the issue here.

Your organization wants to buy and tear down a city owned building that is currently used by the city and some citizen groups. In order to do that you need the approval of the voters of Aspen. I was at the City Council meeting where your director asked the council to put the approval of the sale of the building on the May ballot. I also spoke before the council and suggested that the vote was premature since it was clear that the voters would not have sufficient information by the time of the vote to make an informed decision. However, the council agreed to your request and voted to put the issue (now Question 1) on the ballot.

You want the voters to approve the sale, and then you and the city will give us all the information, such as the final sale price, the final size and configuration of the building, (while you are making regular presentations by your architect there is no assurance that will be the final building), and the final agreement as to the usage of the building.

I suggest that this is a classic case of “putting the cart before the horse.”

I believe that we are entitled to know all the facts BEFORE we vote, not AFTER.

Mark Rothman

Aspen


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