Vail Valley Voices: Won’t have to adopt a streetlight in Eagle
Vail, CO, Colorado
As I headed to the budget work session last Wednesday for the town of Eagle, my thoughts revolved around whether or not I would have to adopt a streetlight like the residents of Colorado Springs, who are facing a real budget crisis.
While sitting there, I wondered if the average resident understands that shopping choices they make today might mean they have to pay directly toward services they want tomorrow.
If people are not willing to spend the extra money and effort it sometimes takes to shop at an Eagle establishment and support their neighbors, will they be willing to ask those same neighbors for support to keep parks open, street lights on and snow plowed?
Since I am an accountant and love numbers, I was hoping for lots of details of what makes our wonderful town of Eagle operate. There were not a lot of details, but the town manager did give an overview of the decreasing revenues and cuts to the various departments and services.
There was some good discussion about making sure all parts of town receive the same great wastewater service, and there was an agreement that a proposed sewer-line replacement was needed to provide that great service in the downtown area.
And most (residents, Town Board and staff) seem to agree on the need for improving Grand Avenue, which is also part of the plan in 2011. So even in these difficult times, there will be some positives in Eagle.
After listening to the budget presentation and discussion, I am not sure how much money it takes to run our town, but it does not look like I will have to plan money in my personal budget to adopt a streetlight in the immediate future.
The town is not in desperate financial shape.
And hopefully, if each of us decides we like the services we receive, we will support those services with our shopping choices, as sales tax revenue makes up more than 50 percent of the general fund.
Although budget meetings are not all that interesting unless you’re an accountant, the regular meetings usually are. The next scheduled Board of Trustees meeting will be today at 6 p.m. Come visit Town Hall, or at the very least, sign up for the e-mails and check out the website.
See y’all at Town Hall!
Brandi Resa is an Eagle resident.