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Losing faith

Dear Editor:(This letter was originally addressed to the Snowmass Sun.)I read the [July 7 Snowmass Sun] article concerning Councilman Dick Virtue with disgust and dismay. Despite only being a resident here for five years, and not being a politician, I still knew that I had to get the necessary permits and pay excise tax if I wished to expand my home.I paid $50,000 in excise tax to add 220 square feet to my 3,000-square-foot home. I do not agree with this excise tax for homes of modest proportion. Bathrooms, kitchens and living space are larger in today’s homes than when the law was passed, and people like myself are only trying to upgrade to modern standards, not build “monster homes.” Nevertheless, I went through the proper channels and paid the tax. It is a disgrace that Mr. Virtue is an elected official and either did not understand or simply chose to ignore the rules. And he got away with it!Our town faces one of its biggest decisions ever with Base Village. I have no faith in an elected official to do what is best for all of us when he can’t even follow the rules for his own home.David R. CoslettSnowmass Village


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