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Pitkin County does it again

Dear Editor:

With regard to Aspen Daily News’ March 15 front-page story, “PitCo elected support $1.86M to buy piece of Eagle,” am I the only Pitkin County taxpayer who sees this as another absurd move to strip property ownership rights? Perhaps the worst aspect of this is the fact that PitCo is going into another county (which they defend by saying the “open space charter … doesn’t specifically address … not doing so”) and that precedent has been set (because they got away with it before).

The article fails to mention that if this deal proceeds, two if not three families will be forced from their homes.

The property is currently well-kept agricultural hay fields. The proposed uses are:

1. Another public access trail to the Crown – there are several.

2. No doubt a trailhead parking lot.

3. A community garden. Really? One-hundred and 45 acres?

Colorado Parks and Wildlife has stated that the Crown is already suffering from over-use by recreationalists and this new trail would put people directly onto critical wildlife range.

I can see it all now: a little patch of veggies (for which we will have to pay to fence out the critters) surrounded by a huge patch of weeds fertilized by dog crap like most of the other open space we have in the valley.

Some will say that the landowner is not forced to sell but I see it differently. He has been over-taxed and over-regulated by Eagle County just as us PitCo land owners have been by our own So—-ist leaders. The fact that PitCo open space has tens of millions of dollars for their annual budget is an indication of over-taxation, or at least mis-appropriation. This is how they have been able to buy off landowners in previous “deals” and get rid of them so that “the public” can then enjoy their land.

David Brown

Basalt


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