Vote yes on 1A
Dear Editor:This year alone, the Pitkin County Healthy Community Fund has provided financial support for 42 community services. In addition to Senior Services, the fund provides financial assistance to programs for children and adults with developmental disabilities, care for the terminally ill and their families, support for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and aid for our highly valued environmental programs. Since the dedicated tax that provides this funding expires this year, renewal with a “YES” on 1A is the only way for many of these services to continue. For the past five years, Pitkin County Senior Services has been supported by the Healthy Community Fund. Senior Services provides a myriad of programs, information and resources for our seniors, helping all of us to age with dignity in a caring community. The Healthy Community Fund, through its support of Senior Services, has provided seniors with classes that range from beading and art to fitness and computer literacy. Grief and loss, caregiver, Alzheimer’s and cancer support groups, legal advice and tax preparation help are all offered through the Senior Center. Transportation and senior van services help seniors continue to lead active and independent lives. Lunches at the Senior Center help seniors remain socially involved while receiving nutritious meals. Renewal of the Healthy Community Fund tax, Question 1A, is crucial to the continuation of these important services. It was no mistake that the citizen committee supporting the passage of this dedicated tax called it the “Helping from the Heart Campaign,” because so many of our valued and critical health and human services are aided by this fund. We are truly privileged to live in a county that cares for its citizens of all ages. Please help keep it that way by voting “YES” on 1A – the Healthy Community Fund.Doris DowneyRedstonePitkin County Senior Services Citizen Advisory Council
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