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Aspen City Council is recommending that Pitkin County ask voters to renew and increase the property tax that feeds the Health and Human Services/Community Non-Profit Fund, set to end in 2006.The fund began in November 2002 when Pitkin County passed a five-year property tax to help area nonprofits. In 2005, the fund provided health and human services agencies, and community nonprofits with $768,068. An additional $110,100 came from the emergency fund, also supported by the tax.Members of area nonprofits that have received grants – including The Right Door, Aspen Youth Center, Aspen Youth Experience and Alpine Legal Services – have recently voiced concern over the loss of state and federal funding and thanked the county for its support.During a joint meeting with Pitkin County commissioners, the City Council supported taking the issue back to voters and renewing the tax. Some members of the council also said it may be necessary to increase the tax.

Supporters and opponents of the proposed Snowmass Chapel redevelopment will meet Tuesday to try to forge a compromise on the controversial plans.The meeting will involve three backers and three foes, to be announced, along with mediator Bill Lamont, a former planning director in Denver.The public is invited to listen. Questions, comments and suggestions will not be accepted, according to a news release from the chapel.The meeting will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the chapel, 5307 Owl Creek Road. For more information, call 923-6192.

The Aspen High School theater department will present its spring musical production, “Beauty and the Beast,” Thursday through Saturday at the Aspen District Theatre in Aspen Elementary School on Maroon Creek Road.Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students. They are available by calling the theater box office at 925-3760, ext. 3230.


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