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SRA probe follows paper trail

Sarah S. Chung

Although a trio of lawyers from the state attorney general’s officehas carried off 20 years of documentation from Snowmass ResortAssociation offices, SRA officers aren’t breaking a sweat – yet.”They made thousands of copies, put them in boxes, and took themoff to Denver,” said SRA Vice President Jeff Tippett. “They mayor may not find something that could lead to a change of policy,but I’m not concerned that they’ll find something that’ll bringthe town to its knees.”Before the attorney general’s office accepted the SRA’s “invitation”to rifle through its files, SRA President Terry Hunt said he believedthe probe’s “primary focus will be on reporting and proper disclosure”of the organization’s civic assessment.All businesses in Snowmass Village, as members of the SRA, tacka 2.3 percent civic assessment onto every sale they make. In accordancewith state law, customers must be made aware that the assessmentis neither a state nor local tax.Assistant Attorney General Maria Berkenkotter said she could notcomment on the ongoing investigation.And all SRA officials know is that three representatives of theattorney general’s office spent a week in early February copyingminutes from SRA meetings, correspondence, and financial recordsof every kind.”I don’t know what they were looking for, exactly, but I knowthey took away 3,500 copies,” Tippett said. “All I know is thatthey now have copies of every board of governors meeting for thelast 20 years and pretty much every financial document from thattime on.”


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