Mill levy continuation a good idea |

Mill levy continuation a good idea

Today’s front-page story details a long list of ballot questions voters might face Nov. 4. One of the most interesting is a possible county-level vote on continuing a property tax mill levy.

Preliminary indications are the mill levy would be used to fund water storage, recycling needs, the Community Care Clinic and maybe some recreation.

We couldn’t think of four better needs for dedicated capital funding and we encourage the Board of County Commissioner to put the question on the ballot.

The mill levy in question already exists, so it would not be a tax increase. Currently, the mill levy is paying off costs to build the County Commons near Frisco and contributes to open space purchases. Four years ago, voters added a second open space mill levy to the tax rolls, so that priority is covered.

Project details will become specific, as they should be, when the question is formed.

But two water projects that come to mind are the rehabilitation of the Old Dillon Reservoir and the one Breckenridge has in mind for the McCain parcel along Highway 9 and County Road 3.

We also know Summit Recycling Project would jump for joy at dedicated funding for the Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) it envisions at the Summit County Landfill. Summit Recycling believes that a MRF can help it divert even more materials from burial and would especially enable it to handle cardboard.

The Community Care Clinic is the county’s answer to the high cost of medical care. Currently, people jam into the clinic conducted two nights a week in the public health offices of the County Commons.

Patients pay on a sliding scale according to income. The clinic is supported in part by volunteer help from the medical-care community.

The dream is to find a dedicated space for the clinic, maybe in the new hospital-doctors office building campus planned at the Commons, or in the space that project will vacate at the Summit Medical Center campus.

We urge public support for this ballot question. It will address critical issues in Summit County.

Opinions published in this space are formulated by members of the Summit Daily News editorial board: Michael Bennett, Jim Pokrandt, Jason Starr, Rachel Toth, Reid Williams, Aidan Leonard and Martha Lunsky.

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