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Tax for history not appropriate

Dear Editor:The Aspen Historical Society is asking Aspen and Snowmass residents to pay a new $500,000 per year property tax, limited to the purpose of funding the historical society. While the Aspen Historical Society is a valuable nonprofit, we will vote against this new property tax. We believe that a dedicated use property tax should be reserved for critical government services, such as the proposed school and hospital taxes, which we do support. We are not saying that the Aspen Historical Society does not deserve some public funding; we just believe that this public subsidy should come out of general public funds, where elected officials have the flexibility to prioritize allocations from year to year as community needs and financial resources change. Does the Aspen Historical Society deserve its own property tax more than the Aspen Youth Center, or ACES, or the Aspen Music Festival? Where do we draw the line in determining which nonprofits become the beneficiaries of mandatory restricted taxes and which ones continue to be supported primarily by voluntary private contributions? Aspen and Snowmass are passionate about preserving and teaching our history, but that does not require a $500,000 tax that each and every year is restricted to the historical Society. We will note NO on 5D, 5E, and 5F. Steve, Debbi and Mark FalenderAspen and Snowmass Village