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Letter to the editor: Cost of living in Summit County hurting workers

Ken Gansmann
Silverthorne

Congratulations to Mark Adlam on his letter to the editor asking our county manager, commissioners and nonprofit groups to stop “helping” us. They keep pushing tax measures under the guise they are “helping” the workers of Summit County.

Since 2013, the county manager and commissioners have gotten ballot measures 1A and 5A passed, which will collect nearly $120 million in taxes on property owners through 2029. When are they going to admit their actions are the major cause of the escalating cost of living increases here in Summit County for people just like Adlam?

Adlam, you are a great example of someone who pays attention. You have discovered our county leaders care little about you and your living cost issues, but they do care about their own benefits and perks. We can only hope there are more people living here like you. Your landlord and others like them can’t keep absorbing these taxes without increasing your rent and overall costs of living here.

So you will probably not be surprised that concrete evidence exists that loans were granted to our ex-county manager, current county manager, current assistant county manager and now retired county attorney for a total of $1.15 million with very low interest rates and no monthly interest payments. Wouldn’t we all love to have access to loans like these “above the law” people.

We will have an election in 2020 for county commissioners. We need an entire change – including our county manager position. It is time to elect people to these positions who have the average taxpayers’ and workers’ interests in mind.


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