Village will sustain Carbondale economy
Much has been said about the proposed Village at Crystal River project in Carbondale, but a little more needs to be said. Imagine you are under 25 and looking for a job in Carbondale; is anyone hiring? While the national average for the unemployed may be 9 percent, it is 25 percent for those under 25.
My 23-year-old daughter looked for a full-time job for five months and found nothing in Carbondale. She now works a seasonal job in Aspen and commutes 66 miles each day. She is fortunate she has work, but how much more fortunate for Carbondale would it have been if she could have stayed in this community, worked for a local business and supported other local businesses?
One opponent to the Village said the jobs created by the Village are only temporary and therefore of little value. Tell that to the out of work tradesman trying to feed his family and pay his mortgage, or the young woman looking for full-time work. Creating jobs in Carbondale keeps paychecks and spending here.
One person at the council meeting said she would continue to shop in El Jebel where there is no public improvement fee. Really? You would rather spend your money on gas to El Jebel and back instead of paying a 1 cent per dollar tax to improve the Highway 133 corridor?
Not me. I’d rather spend my money here so my neighbors can live and work in our community, and I think a lot of Carbondale residents feel the same. Vote yes for the Village and you truly are voting for a better future for our community and our children.
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The city of Aspen’s office building is exempt from paying encroachment fees, yet private developers have to now pay $9 a square foot, per month, starting in 2020.