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S’mass council has too much power

The initiative ordinance proposed for Snowmass Village basically gives its citizens the choice of continuing or not the unlimited authority of merely four men of the Town Council to vote for and approve extreme variances to the town land use code. Such is the council’s current power: to radically change the village’s character forever.

James Madison, our fourth president, observed that good government strikes a balance between representative democracy having too few representatives and direct democracy. Thomas Jefferson, our third President, wrote, “A representative government is a government in which the will of the people will be an effective ingredient.”

Both these Constitutional framers recognized that unlimited power (such as by the will of only four men on the Snowmass Town Council) is a threat to the people’s interest.

The initiative ordinance closes the loophole in the land use code through which the council has unlimited power to cast the code aside. Either the land use code means something or it doesn’t.

Jim Heywood

Snowmass Village

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