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Vail Daily letter: ‘No’ on 5A

I’m voting “no” on 5A. Simply put, we can do better, Eagle-Vail.

The plan has divided the community, and that’s reason enough to reject it and start over; or at the very least, slow down and take a more critical look. I believe, instead, now is the time to take a step back to develop a comprehensive, cohesive master and development plan, one that fosters creative partnerships to generate fresh ideas, as well as take some of the financial burden off a handful of property owners.

In a rush to get a proposal on the November ballot, the Metro District, along with the Eagle Vail POA and various committees, made decisions behind closed doors and cut corners, substituting sound due diligence with pleas to “trust us, we know best.” We cannot stake our future on short-sighted, singularly developed, half-baked ideas. A proposal of this magnitude demands community consensus.

I agree the current clubhouse is in disrepair. It’s 40 years old. So are many of our homes in Eagle-Vail. We’re all living in some state of remodel because we know it’s a far more prudent investment than tearing it down and starting from scratch.

Furthermore, there is no correlation between higher property taxes and “public” amenities. Affordability and living between two world-class ski resorts are the primary determinants of our property values.

In 30 years we will have spent a staggering $23.5 million, and, ironically, by the time the clubhouse is paid off, it will be nearly as old as the existing one is now. And, without an annual budgeted line item that addresses deferred maintenance and regular building upgrades, by then it will look much like the one we have now.

I acknowledge the hard work that has gone into the plan and ballot proposal, but I take offense to the flawed process that has disregarded the wishes of the entire community, leaving us with a plan that lacks merit and value.

A project of this magnitude cannot be fast-tracked by a handful of people. We need to jointly study, and work together to develop a long-range plan to help guide us into a shared vision for Eagle Vail.

Patti Sills