On Oct. 18, voters received in the mail a paper ballot for the Nov. 5 election. This year’s voting is only by mail, and I am asking for your support to extend an existing town property tax to make some valuable improvements to the Avon Recreation Center and to the Nottingham Park playground, fields and restrooms. We have an opportunity to extend the property taxes we have all been paying for the last 20 years for the Avon Road roundabouts. These payments are ending, and a tax extension will not raise taxes, but keep the same levels. Town Council did approve a slight increase of $2 per month on an assessed value of $300,000, but I believe we can do the projects contemplated on the ballot, without any new taxes. This is a very good deal and the right time.
The Avon Recreation Center is one of our most important amenities in the town and the improvements on Ballot Issue 2A include a new field house, replacing the 20-year-old waterslide, and upgrading the showers. The cardio/weight areas will be expanded and new room for yoga will be added. The field house can be used for shooting basketball hoops, indoor sports leagues and converted for community events. An indoor climbing wall is planned and new recreational ice rink is planned, which can be converted to an outdoor activity center for slack line, morning yoga and other activities. The town still plans to have ice on the soccer field for broomball and hockey plan, but this new space is seen as expanded space for winter and summer activities, similar to facilities in Beaver Creek and at the Solaris.
The other loved and important place in Avon is Nottingham Park. Ballot Issue 2A has money to build a new signature playground. The playground will be developed next to the stream and create a wonderful play and learning area. New public restrooms are needed and it is time to upgrade the soccer field. Town Council is planning improvements to the basketball courts and new picnic tables from our General Funds to finish the project in 2013 with the ballot issue’s success.
It seems like the right time for us to invest in our community and the Avon Recreation Center and Nottingham Park are our most important places. Having updated and expanded usable facilities will add to offerings to our families and visitors. To be able to do this with an extension of an existing tax is really just about too good to be true — but it is!
I ask for you to give me a call, if you have questions. I want to ask you to get the word out for a “yes” vote on Ballot Issue 2A. Ballots have to be returned by mail or can be dropped off at the Eagle County Office in Avon at 100 W. Beaver Creek Boulevard not later than Nov. 5.