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Markalunas: Can’t get over it!

Letter to the editor
Letter to the editor

Wow! $141,127,460: The proposed city of Aspen budget for 2023. That’s a big number! What a difference a century makes! 

Back in 1923, the monthly expenditures for March of 1923 that year were $296.47! Mayor Wagner, as the acting city marshal, received a salary of $75 and $5 a month for being mayor! The largest expenditure (outside of his salary) was $67.42 for street lights.

What a difference a century has made! Assuming an average of $300 a month or $3,600 a year in 1923 as the city’s budget, it equates to less than 1% (.0026%) of the current city of Aspen’s proposed expenditures for 2023. Yes, indeed! A century has made a big difference!



Jim Markalunas

Aspen