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Shunned by the BOCC

Dear Editor:

While I listened to the story about the financial needs for Kids First on Aspen Public Radio, I was taken back by commissioner Hatfield and Owsley’s position of “let them fend for themselves.”

Just before the New Year the Pitkin County BOCC, in an executive session, approved a $1.4 million dollar loan to Open Space from the county general fund to cover shortcomings of the Droste land deal. The BOCC didn’t hesitate then to give Open Space everything “they” wanted despite the fact that Open Space didn’t have the funds.

Perhaps Kids First should organize a coalition and employ Dale Will to lobby for them for county funds since he has a greater influence on the BOCC than needy families. The “steerage” of Pitkin County government, which lately seems to be the BOCC and Open Space, are being left to the mercy of an icy economy.

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Taxpayers’ needs, laid-off county employees and many other disadvantaged groups are watching as the lifeboats of recreation, trails, secret land deals and conservation easements are being filled at taxpayers’ expense.

Doesn’t seem possible, you say? The recent Open Space Tarr purchase gave a subsidy of around $300,000 to the buyer to attain two acres for access that already existed. That would have sustained Kids First for some years not to mention what the $1.4 million would have done for all the other county departments that serve the needy.

Ray Pojman

Carbondale


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