No on A; Yes on Referred 1A |

No on A; Yes on Referred 1A

The Nov. 4 election is less than a month away, and we want to make clear our views on two important issues for Summit County, which, unfortunately, are similarly named.

Vote NO on Referendum A, the state question about borrowing $2 billion for unspecified water projects. This is the Front Range plan to take as much Western Slope water as possible so subdivisions and bluegrass can keep sprouting in the High Plains desert.

Vote YES on Referred Measure 1A, the county question about continuing an existing mill levy to do more good work in the county.

Specifically, the question allows the county to keep collecting annually the approximately $1.6 million it already does, but for new purposes.

Quality-of-life projects that would be financed by this money include improved recycling equipment at the landfill to divert even more waste and extend the facility’s life by up to 30 more years. It has about 20 to 30 years to go under existing conditions.

Does anybody want to keep burying as much trash as possible, shorten the landfill life and then pay for a new one in his or her backyard, or to have trash shipped elsewhere?

These funds also would be slated for capital costs associated with putting the Community Care Clinic on the campus proposed for a new hospital and doctors office building.

Currently, the clinic is shoe-horned into the County Commons’ public health nursing offices. The clinic treats people who don’t have health insurance or who are woefully underinsured.

Two other important projects that would be funded are open space purchases and a local water storage project.

While Referendum A is directed at water storage for the wrong purposes, Referred Measure 1A would fund water storage to protect Summit County, a county already sending an abundance of water to the Front Range and which is liable for more.

So, remember, NO on Referendum A; YES on Referred Measure 1A.

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, Kim Nicoletti and Martha Lunsky.

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