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Vote yes for the future of Silverthorne

Ken Gansmann, Silverthorne

The town of Silverthorne has an opportunity this coming Dec. 9 to continue being a progressive community, seeking balance between residential and commercial development while taking a giant step toward adding up to 100 new jobs.

We also can close our current and near-term budget shortfalls by voting yes for the Smith Ranch rezoning for a Safeway.

Whether we like it or not, this town is almost totally dependent upon sales tax revenues to meet its annual budgets.

Because of a 7.6 percent decrease in revenues, the town had to reduce the 2004 budget by $575,000.

Reductions in services are planned and four jobs are scheduled for elimination.

The decisions for Silverthorne residents with the Dec. 9 vote are very clear: Either vote yes for the grocery store, or expect further cuts in town services and increases in fees, or expect a vote on a town property tax for all town residents.

If the town s to properly fund its future, the only choice on Dec. 9 is to vote yes for Silverthorne.

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