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Vail Daily letter: ‘Yes’ on 1B

Voters this year face a long and rather daunting ballot, but there is one initiative that should not be overlooked and that deserves your vote. Please seek out and vote "yes" on Eagle County 1B.

For the last 14 years, residents and second-home owners have helped to preserve open space, critical habitat, ranching heritage, scenic vistas and recreational access through our property taxes. This tax is scheduled to retire in six years but our need to protect the many special places we have will be ongoing.

The Eagle County 1B ballot initiative aims to extend this critical work an additional 15 years and add one very important new feature. A "yes" vote on 1B will allow a portion of the money raised to also be spent on recreational trails. With this change the valley trail, long planned to link our communities, can be completed in seven years rather than 40 years at the current pace. Open space money will also now be available for the maintenance of existing soft surface trails and the creation of new ones in a sustainable fashion.

Let's finish the valley trail, improve and add soft surface trails and continue to support the acquisition of open space for the future of our beautiful valley. Join me at voting "yes" on Eagle County 1B!

Brian Sipes

Minturn