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Sunday parking a cop-out

Dear Editor:

Tuesday’s Aspen Times revealed the possibility of paid Sunday parking. In a resort town like ours, I find this possibility ludicrous.

I find it very difficult to believe with a budget of more than $70 million in a town with a population of 5,800, there is not a more creative way to avoid this situation.

My research tells me the city of Aspen has one of, if not the highest, per capita spending in the country. We have in the city government several employees who earn more than our governor. Add to this scenario the meal card fiasco, overpayments for real estate in the employee housing program and other unnecessary expenditures. We taxpayers would like to hear from city leaders directly that Sunday paid parking is an absolute necessity.

Businesses and individuals have been very creative during the current economic crisis of de-leveraging, and increasing productivity. Unfortunately, in the public sector, not much has changed. Taxpayers deserve leadership that would look to be more creative to eliminate overlap, combine jobs and departments in addition to looking for savings and efficiencies in our city government.

There is a local abundance of individual and institutional talent available to assist in this process. It would be so refreshing as a taxpayer to read about how the city government is seeking new ways to become more creative, in order to make ends meet, and keep taxes and fees lower.

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Cecil Hernandez

Aspen