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Roberts: Vote yes on 1A to ensure quality emergency services

I am writing to voice my support for Summit County's Referred Measure 1A. Our economy must have a modern, functional 911 dispatch center and ambulance service to thrive. Our visitors, customers and families deserve to have these basic services. Our first responders, who risk their lives to help us in time of need, deserve to have a modern communications system that allows them to do their job safely. Think about the effect on our tourist economy of a highly publicized failure in our emergency services, a failure like what we have seen in Dallas.

When existing funding sources dry up we have to find other ways to fund these emergency services — services for all of us. We all know about the changes to our health care system and the construction of the hospital that have been noted for the decline in ambulance fee revenues. We also know that our county tax bill has gone down over 20 percent due in recent years due to a state law, the TABOR amendment.

The money for these emergency services has to come from somewhere. The good news is that locals will get a break on ambulance fees to reflect our support. These reasons are why all of the resorts, our biggest taxpayers, strongly support this ballot proposal, because it is a fundamental need for our tourist economy. Please vote yes on Summit County 1-A.

Brooke Roberts

Silverthorne