Pat Campbell: Vail Resorts support for 3B, 2D |

Pat Campbell: Vail Resorts support for 3B, 2D

Pat CampbellSVP & COO, Breckenridge Mountain

In all the rhetoric and discourse around multiple ballot questions and candidates this mid-term election, I want to highlight two important questions facing Summit County and Breckenridge voters right here at home.A core value at Vail Resorts is our commitment to helping ensure the health and vitality of the communities in which we own and operate ski mountains. There is no question that the sustainability of a community is directly tied to the strength of its schools. Voting “yes” on 3B will allow our Summit County School District to retain $2.1 million of a mill levy that expires this year. This in turn will allow Summit Schools to recruit and retain quality teachers, prevent increases in class sizes, and maintain important extracurricular activities.Due to the extraordinary leadership and fiscal responsibility of Millie Hamner and Karen Strakbein, the passage of 3B will still reduce property taxes by $20 per year per $100,000 of a home’s market value. With reduced funding from the state, it is more important than ever that we take part in preventing deeper cuts within our own classrooms.In Breckenridge, voters are being asked to approve a 1 percent increase to the existing Breckenridge lodging tax dedicated to marketing and promoting the community. When proponents of 2D first asked Vail Resorts for its support, we asked them to go back to the many members of the lodging community and determine what they thought first and foremost. Proponents of 2D conducted a very thorough and inclusive process to examine how best to bolster the coffers to promote the Breckenridge community. The Breckenridge Lodging Association was part of this process and ultimately gave its full support to the 1 percent increase. At Vail Resorts, we applaud the effort, including establishing an advisory committee to ensure fiscal accountability, and we support the passage of 2D. I look forward to seeing everyone on Election Day, and on the slopes shortly thereafter.

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