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Not a community without 1A

Please vote yes on 1A, the Health and Human Services mill levy. The health, environment, human services and community nonprofits are critical to the quality of life in Pitkin County.

The services they provide touch everyone ? seniors, parents, children and everything, our environment, our Nordic trails and our community access television. A community without these services is not a community at all.

It is important to understand that these services benefit all residents of our valley, regardless of income, ethnicity or health status. Personally, my family has used many of the services offered by these agencies.

The Family Visitor Program for support when I was overwhelmed with my new twins. Mountain Valley Developmental Services when my son needed physical and occupational therapy. Community Health Services for immunizations.

Friends of mine might not be alive today if it were not for the support they received from the RESPONSE domestic violence program and the Aspen Counseling Center.

The Roaring Fork Family Resource Centers link children, families and community resources to ensure that all public school students are healthy and able to achieve educational success.

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Each year our three centers work with more than 900 students and families, helping them to navigate the health and human services network. We are acutely aware of the importance of these agencies to the health of our families and children.

Pitkin County has provided approximately 1.2 percent of our budget for the past several years. These funds are multiplied many times when I show foundations and state government that I have this local support.

If 1A does not pass, we will not only have about $6,000 less to purchase health services for needy students, we may also lose other funding that requires a local match.

Our children and families need the support of all Pitkin County voters. Please vote yes on 1A.

Carolyn Hardin, Executive Director

Roaring Fork Family Resource Centers