Vail rec district candidate: Michelle Hall
VAIL, Colorado ” Michelle Hall paused during a run from West Vail to Vail Village and back.
She talked about how she was really hitting her stride ” not in her run, but in her tenure as a Vail Rec District director.
“You’ve been through this whole gamut of experience,” she said. “Then the last two years, you start making all this progress, and it’s like, ‘Why quit? Why not use it?'”
Hall, 46, of West Vail, said her experience on the board and her ability to work with partners such as the town of Vail, Vail Resorts, the county and the downvalley rec district make her a good candidate.
Three candidates ” Ross Davis Jr., Hall and Jeff Wiles ” are running for two spots.
The Vail Recreation District ” which extends slightly beyond the borders of the town of Vail ” is a special district that’s separate from the town. It runs the Vail Golf Club, the Ford Park Tennis Center, the Dobson Ice Arena, the Gymnastics Center, intramural sports and children’s camps.
The average Vail property taxpayer pays 6.6 percent of his property tax bill to the rec district.
Hall said getting the district’s finances in order ” partly by hiring Robertson and Marchetti, whose expertise is in special district accounting ” was a big achievement of the board during her tenure.
“I would say we’re financially stable, financially transparent,” she said.
The district has rebounded from financial troubles in 2005, when the staff failed to file paperwork to collect some of its taxes, and some called for the district to be disbanded.
In her next term, Hall said she wants to develop long-term plans for rec facilities. She’d like to see adaptable, multi-use facilities, similar to the Vail Gymnastics Center.
“The last thing you want to do is keep going to voters and asking for more money,” she said.
Hall said she doesn’t know if the district will go to voters to ask for more money over the next four years.
Over the years, Hall, who is married to town of Vail public works director Greg Hall and has a 12-year-old daughter, said her family has used plenty of the rec district’s offerings, including gymnastics programs, camps, the golf course, running races, nature center programs and ice skating program, she said.
She said she’s eager for people to give her feedback via e-mail or phone or in person. She’s responsive to her constituents, she said.
“I do think I can represent a wide range of people,” she said.
Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 748-2929 or email@example.com.
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