The value of healthy communities |

The value of healthy communities

Dear Editor:A yes vote on Referendum 1A is a yes vote for the Healthy Community Fund. The Healthy Community Fund is a dedicated property tax equal to $5.27 for every $100,000 of residential property value that is distributed by Pitkin County to various health and human services within the county.The fund supports programs related to youth mentoring, seniors, domestic violence victims, adults and children with disabilities, the terminally ill and their families, drug and alcohol counseling and prevention, family planning, pre-natal care and immunizations to name a few. One hundred percent of the money from this tax goes directly to the nonprofit organizations that fill these vital public services. Past recipients have included The Buddy Program, Aspen Youth Center, Valley Partnership for Drug Prevention, Senior Services, Alpine Legal Services and many more. These programs have come to rely on the annual support of the Healthy Community Fund.On Nov. 7, I urge everyone to please vote yes on Referendum 1A. By doing so, you will help ensure that many of the health and human services that are available to our community today will continue to be available for the next six years.Lindsay PfaffmannBasalt

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