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Upper Eagle water authority opposes ballot initiatives

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Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – At its June 24 meeting, the Upper Eagle Regional Water Authority board of directors passed a resolution advocating voter opposition to Amendment 60, Amendment 61 and Proposition 101. The board expressed its strong opposition to the three statewide November ballot initiatives.

“The board carefully considered these measures and determined that individually and collectively, they threaten to impair the authority’s ability to construct, maintain and upgrade the services and facilities being provided for the health, safety and welfare of current and future authority residents,” said Vice Chairman Bill Simmons.

Upper Eagle Regional Water Authority provides water service to Arrowhead, Avon, Bachelor Gulch, Beaver Creek, Berry Creek, Cordillera, Eagle-Vail, and Edwards through an operations and management agreement with Eagle River Water and Sanitation District. The resolution states that the authority may be limited in its efforts to upgrade or extend water service within its service area.

“Financing for large capital property, plants, and equipment would be limited to a 10-year period under Amendment 61,” said Becky Bultemeier, customer and financial services manager.

Many water and wastewater projects have a useful life of 30 to 40 years and are financed over that same time period, Bultemeier said. The new legislation would unfairly place the financial burden of these needed projects on current customers, without allotting some of the cost to the future growth that stands to benefit from the improvements, officials said.

Alternatively, necessary projects could be indefinitely delayed, leading to an aging infrastructure and costly problems in the future, the authority said. Customers could also see increased costs or reduced services if the capital assets of the authority become subject to property taxes, a potential outcome of Amendment 60, officials said.

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For more information, go to http://www.erwsd.org or call Bultemeier at 970-477-5442.