Yes on AVH: Give a little, receive a lot
Dear Editor:On Nov. 1 the community will have the opportunity to maintain the 1.5 mill levy that currently contributes toward the operation of Aspen Valley Hospital. I strongly encourage support of this measure.Over the years the preservation of our physical and social community has been the focal point of local government initiatives. Countless hours in public meetings have been devoted to the examination of what makes us special and what we have to do to preserve our “character.” Arguably, there is probably no more significant community institution than our hospital. It is important to our local residents for obvious reasons, but it is also important to our community as a destination resort. Aspen Valley Hospital and the outstanding care it provides is one of many factors that make the Aspen area a great place to live and visit. While the mill levy is less than 5 percent of total revenue sources for Aspen Valley Hospital, it will account for almost $3 million in revenue in 2005. This money helps the hospital provide the highest quality of medical care and meet local obligations for Medicare and Medicaid programs. Further, the levy costs each individual taxpayer only a small amount each year. In fact, in 2004, the hospital mill levy was just 4 percent of the property tax revenue generated by Pitkin County. A yes vote means you will “give a little, but receive a lot.” In large measure, the quality of a community can be judged by its support for public institutions. Please support our continued quality medical care and vote yes on ballot question 5A.Bill KaneCommittee to Support the AVH Mill Levy chairmanAspen
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