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Daily Editorial: Put on your to-do list

Vail Daily Editorial Board
Vail CO, Colorado

Worried about your property values? Angry about the education your kids are getting in school? Sick of being nickel-and-dimed by your elected officials for their pet projects?

You can have a hand in your fate Election Day. Turn in your mail-in ballot if you haven’t already. For your vote to be counted, you must turn in your ballot by 7 p.m. Drop off mail-in ballots at the Eagle County Building, 500 Broadway in Eagle, or the county annex in Avon, 100 W. Beaver Creek Blvd.

If you’re in Vail and haven’t taken advantage of early voting, head down to the town hall and cast your vote for the best five candidates to serve on the Town Council.

We’ve given our recommendations. To sum up, our picks for the three contested races on the school board are Jason Benderly, Margaret Olle, and Keith Thompson. We believe the school board can benefit from the experience incumbents Benderly and Thompson have to offer, as well as gain from the ideas and passion a newcomer like Olle would bring to the district.

For the Vail Town Council, our endorsements went to Dick Cleveland, Andy Daly, Kim Newbury, Scott Proper and Margaret Rogers. In our mind, these five represent the best combination of what the Vail Town Council needs ” experience, knowledge and fresh perspective.

We’ve recommended that Eagle-Vail property owners vote no on Referendum 5A. The ballot question would keep the Eagle-Vail Metro District’s property rate the same to raise funds to repair the community’s recreation facilities. We agree that Eagle-Vail is in need of an update, but believe that the metro district’s board should come with a more detailed plan that includes an end date for that property tax hike first. We also recommended voters turn down Vail’s construction use tax; the town staff, in our view, just hasn’t made their case.

Don’t just listen to us, though. If you still need to learn more about the candidates and issues affecting your neighborhood, log onto http://www.vaildaily.com and click on the red button titled “Elections 2007.” From there you can access a list of stories about issues and races being considered, from the Eagle County School Board of Education election to the property-tax questions in Singletree and Eagle-Vail.

Many of the candidates have campaign Web sites that can be found with a simple Google search. You also can watch the school board candidates debate by logging onto http://www.ecotv18.com.

Then choose for yourself who should represent you and where your tax money should go. The worst decision you can make today is not to vote.

” Tamara Miller for the Editorial Board


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