The value of 1A |

The value of 1A

Dear Editor:I’m so proud to be a part of Pitkin County. I am overwhelmed by the generosity of my fellow residents. For example: In 2002, a new property tax passed by 72 percent of the vote cast to support health and human service programs that contribute to the quality of life in Pitkin County. RESPONSE: Help for Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault is one of those programs.Although the Healthy Community Fund tax covers only a small portion (5 percent) of our budget, its value is way more. This grant enables us to demonstrate local support to other funders. We are able to leverage this support to raise additional funds: Funds that are used to help individuals find alternatives to violence. Funds that are used to recruit, train and retain our volunteers who are on call 24/7 to administer to the needs of the caller. Funds that are used to develop and present prevention programs such as “Make It Your Business,” a program for the business community, and “Personal Finance Program for Women.” Funds that are used to provide professionally facilitated support groups for women and children.This tax is up for renewal this year. On Nov. 7, please seriously consider voting yes on 1A. For just $5.27 per $100,000 of residential property value, you will enable all of us in the health and human service community to weave those safety nets that at one time or another many of us may need.Thank you.Peg McGavockRESPONSEAspen

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