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Voting Yes For The Anschutz Wellness Center And The Tax Increase


Editor:

Next week I will vote “Yes” and welcome the EPMC/Anschutz Center to Estes Park; I will vote “No” to rule out a conservation easement on Lot 4. For me, the infusion of jobs and capital into our community trumps desire to protect the small parcel of land behind Safeway. As one who helped to deliver a 500-acre conservation easement to this community twenty-two years ago, I find arguments against Anschutz unpersuasive. In my view a permanent easement on Lot 4 is of marginal value, while the year-round jobs resulting from the Wellness Center will strengthen economic stability in the Estes Valley.

Additionally, I will vote “Yes” on ballot issue 1A in order to raise money that will help Estes Park. This modest, short-term sales tax increase will significantly help our community.

Please vote next week.

Robert Burkhardt

Estes Park

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