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Survey: Avon would pay for transit

Lauren Glendenninglglendenning@vaildaily.comAvon, CO Colorado

AVON, Colorado -The town of Avon, Colorado and the Beaver Creek Resort Company want to know what transportation through the two areas, specifically bus services, will look like in the future.The two agencies paid for a survey of Avon residents to see if they would support a ballot question in November that could decide how to pay for added bus services and routes – 373 people answered the phone survey out of 2,739 registered voters, said Linda Venturoni, of Venturoni Surveys & Research Inc.Those people were then categorized as those most likely to vote, somewhat likely to vote and least likely to vote – those classifications were based on their voting records. The voting classifications were important because the survey was gauging whether a ballot question could pass in November, she said.The most important question on the survey was whether residents supported a 75-cent sales tax increase to pay for transportation, Venturoni said. About two-thirds of the people said they would support the tax increase that would make Avon’s sales tax the highest in the county.Town Manager Larry Brooks said that before the council’s next meeting town staff will talk with local businesses and “other interested stakeholders” who might have concerns about raising sales taxesCouncil members wanted Venturoni to provide more data so it could determine whether the survey was flawed. A couple members said they were surprised to hear voters would approve a tax increase, especially during an economic downturn, said councilman Richard Carroll.

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