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Pitkin County commissioners split on bus passes for state employees

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – Pitkin County commissioners came to no decision Tuesday on whether the county should continue providing free bus passes to state employees who work in the 9th Judicial District court system at the county courthouse.

The split group decided to find out if either Garfield or Eagle counties offer a similar benefit to courts employees in those jurisdictions before making a decision.

The passes are currently provided to four individuals at a cost of about $4,000 per year. No one is sure how the county came to provide them to the state employees, though bus passes are provided to county employees, said County Manager Hilary Fletcher.

The county is already picking up added law enforcement costs in association with beefed-up courtroom security, noted Commissioner Rachel Richards, suggesting she couldn’t support the bus pass expenditure.

Commissioners George Newman and Patti Kay-Clapper agreed, and Jack Hatfield was leaning toward eliminating the perk.

Commissioner Michael Owsley said he could accept the expense, as long as the deal isn’t expanded to additional state employees in the courthouse.

“If they want to be on the bus, I think that’s an advantage, overall to Pitkin County,” he said.

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