Letter: Community support for 1A
October 23, 2014
The Friends of Aspen Ambulance District is proud to announce the community supporters of Pitkin County Ballot Question 1A.
I announced in a statement Thursday afternoon that the Aspen Chamber Resort Association, Aspen Skiing Co., Pitkin County Public Safety Committee and the Aspen Valley Hospital Board of Directors, have all unanimously voted to support the Aspen Ambulance District mill levy ballot question in November's election.
"Ambulance service is a critical life link for our neighbors, employees and guests that we hope no one ever has to use. Ballot measure 1A addresses funding shortfalls while modernizing facilities to adequately meet the needs of today's ambulance service" said Auden Schendler, vice president of sustainability for Skico.
Ballot question 1A would allow the Aspen Ambulance District to raise its current mill levy of 0.22 mills to a maximum of 0.501 mills. This increase would support operations and allow the district to replace an aging and inadequate facility. The Aspen Ambulance District has not been put to the voters in 32 years.
"Personally, I have watched the ambulance develop over the 40 years I have been here, and it is dramatic and quite remarkable on how they can get by on what they've been getting by on. They are fiscally very responsible. Their performance in the field is extraordinary. This community, I don't think, has a more valuable asset than what is provided by this group" said Dr. Barry Mink, chair of the Aspen Valley Hospital Board of Directors.
The Aspen Ambulance District has worked within the same budget for many years despite the rising cost of healthcare and healthcare related equipment. Many measures have been taken to make the service as efficient as possible while providing only top level service to the district.
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"We are so fortunate to have such highly trained and committed Ambulance Services supporting our community, and are a vital service that our community needs to support. It is why the Aspen Chamber Resort Association Board of Directors voted unanimously to support ballot measure 1A to address modernizing Ambulance facilities and service needs" chairman Donnie Lee said.
Also supporting the measure was Aspen Mayor Steve Skadron.
"I support trained personnel, modern equipment and immediate responses to emergencies. Vote "Yes" on 1A for the Aspen Ambulance District!" The Aspen Ambulance District serves an area of over 160 square miles that covers the Aspen, Woody Creek, and Castle and Maroon Creek valleys.
I have always been a supporter of the Aspen Ambulance District. When you have sudden, severe chest pain, when you're lying on the center stripe on the highway, when you're downloading in a toboggan with a snapped femur, you want the best. Help us keep our best by voting "Yes" on 1A. Be careful out there!
Treasurer, Friends of Aspen Ambulance District political action committee
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