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Letter: A modest investment for Basalt’s future

A modest investment for Basalt's future

A "yes" vote on Basalt's ballot question 2B will provide the quickest path to rewards from river improvements. The $5 million in bonds accelerates the completion of flood mitigation and public parks on the Roaring Fork River downtown.

Already underway, the process realizes a good part of the River Master Plan, produced by years of community involvement.

Approving the bonds speeds completion of the project and keeps the riverfront from looking like a construction zone for many years. It is a modest investment in the economic sustainability of downtown with little likelihood of a sales tax increase.

No matter where you live in town, having a vibrant economy and riverfront parks are in everyone's interest.

Concerns about height, mass and density of a possible hotel complex should be considered later, at the planning commission and the Town Council.

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Let us get through the process in the shortest possible time by voting "yes" on 2B.

Bernie Grauer

Basalt