Vote against Amendment 60
October 20, 2010
I am writing to express my total agreement with Roger Marolt’s column in opposition to Amendment 60 granting the vote to property owners on all tax questions in jurisdictions where they own property.
Second-, third- or fourth-home owners are a welcome and important part of our extended community, as Mr. Marolt observes.
Nonetheless, I also believe that each of us should be directly responsible for the consequences of our votes. A person who owns a 1 percent partnership interest in property or a timeshare, fractional or part-time residence is not likely to enroll his or her child in the local school district or use the hospital on a regular basis or rely on human services or transit. Such a person may love to visit here while resting secure in the knowledge that they are not dependent on local government for vital services.
Thus the votes cast by such persons, as much as they may love Aspen or desire to become a full-time resident, do not share the perspective of a full-time local who will necessarily live every day with the consequences of taxes too high or services too low.
I support schools and hospitals because I know that my family and neighbors rely on quality education and good medical care and do not have the luxury of seeking those services elsewhere. Please vote “no” on allowing non-residents a vote; please vote no on Amendment 60.
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