McAtamney: Let’s fund Breckenridge transit solutions (letter)
We are writing to urge you all to vote “yes” on 2A.
This was originally going to a be controversial lift-ticket tax, but, with all sides coming to the together, it now represents a chance for we — the voters — to affirm the agreement that the Breckenridge town council and Vail Resorts signed in August.
While you may not think it is a perfect deal, if we don’t say “yes,” we will be rejecting this public-private partnership and the opportunity to improve our bus and parking situation in town.
The tax monies will be generated through the sale of Breckenridge-only winter lift tickets and not season passes. The ski area has guaranteed that the new tax will generate a minimum of $3.5 million dollars and will back fill it from their own coffers if the tickets sold do not generate this amount.
We think it is great that Vail Resorts and the town have come up with a reliable and sustainable way to mitigate the impacts of guests, cars and the need for a good transit system to move all the people around.
Having participated in many community discussions over the years, we believe this money is vital for the continued improvement of our free bus and parking systems. Without a winning “yes” vote, that agreement is null-and-void, and any new bus service is gone along with it. So please let’s give this partnership a chance and vote “yes” on 2A.
Jennifer & Shawn McAtamney
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