Letters to the editor
As a land owner and taxpayer in Eagle County, I am absolutely livid with the decision of the Eagle County Board of Commissioners to give $2 million to the purchase of a conservation easement on the Bair Ranch.
This is an absolute inappropriate, irresponsible and possibly illegal use of public funds. Public funds are intended to be used for the benefit of the public. What benefit is this to the public? Will this land be open to the public?
Will there be some kind of monetary return to the county? Mr. Menconi is mistaken and misguided to think that this deal will preserve ranching in Eagle County. This is a slap in the face to the taxpaying ranchers of the county.
If the Bair family wants to put a conservation easement on their property it certainly is their right to do so. However, it should be done with funds from willing and voluntary sources that donate to organizations such as the Eagle Valley Land Trust. It should never be done with tax dollars.
If there are excessive funds in the county budget, it should be given back to the taxpayers, not pissed away on deals that bring nothing back to the county.
How many tax dollars did Mr. Menconi and Mr. Gallagher contribute to this cause?
I applaud Mr. Stone for his common good sense and for standing up for what is right.
If it is the new policy of the county to dole out millions of dollars to “preserve ranching,” where do I get in line? All of us that continue to ranch want our share.
Three cheers to our county commissioners Arn and Mike for supporting the Bair Ranch conservation easement.
Many of us moved here for the open space and Western heritage depicted through the working ranches in the area. Those ranches are fast disappearing, and preserving the Bair Ranch is a step in the right direction. It is a picturesque masterpiece!
We are proud to know that our children will forever be able to enjoy the visual aspect the ranch create. In addition, the elk and deer will continue to have a haven to enjoy in Eagle County. Thanks to Arn and Mike for a positive vote on behalf of the community!
Robin and Steve Litt