Small town character with prudent growth |

Small town character with prudent growth

Dear Editor:Three candidates for Basalt Town Council, Amy Capron, Gary Tennenbaum and Chris Seldin stand out as the choice for residents who want our small town character preserved and improved.They all are willing to live by the town master plan, which calls for respecting town boundaries, rural buffers and limiting growth to a reasonable rate, so we can all continue to know our neighbors.According to his statements, Joe Zuena has little concern for preserving open space around the town, except to warn us about possible pig farms sprouting up on it. At the Basalt candidates forum, Garret Brandt pitched changing Basalt into a mini destination resort.Capron, Tennenbaum and Seldin all say that growth is inevitable and desirable, if it is managed and directed properly. The large growth increases in all the Western Slope resort counties show that managing growth is the real challenge, not supersizing the town into one more bloated resort. Eagle was the third fastest-growing county in Colorado, between 2004 and 2005, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.Small town character is all about civic engagement. If we grow too fast, that sense of community is lost, regardless of the town’s final size. Brandt is wrong to say that the rate of growth doesn’t matter. Of the five candidates, only Joe Zuena defended going to a sudden April tax election, to increase our town sales taxes by 33 percent, without the safeguards of a full public process.As a taxpayer and citizen interested in retaining Basalt’s small town character with a prudent growth plan, I support Capron, Tennenbaum and Seldin.Bernie GrauerBasalt

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