Where’s the beef? | AspenTimes.com

Where’s the beef?

The Snowmass Town Council and the big developer in town have argued, but with few facts, that the town is in financial trouble.

Here are the facts. Revenue to the town in 2003 to provide services was $12.8 million, up 19 percent from the great year of 1999. Town sales tax is 8 percent of the total. Town sales taxes, not including the new marketing tax, are up as follows: December 2002 vs. December 2003 ” up 12.9 percent; January 2003 versus January 2004 ” up 9.7 percent. (If you would like the details, request the financial spreadsheet at http://www.snowmasscitizens.com.)

Don’t be scared by the bad-mouthing of Snowmass; we are in great shape. A reasonable Base Village will help. Vote “yes” on March 16.

Jim Heywood

Snowmass Village

Citizens for Responsible Growth

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