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Vail Daily letter: ‘Yes’ on 1B

Eagle County Measure 1B will mean a giant leap forward in the construction of paved recreation trails in Eagle County with no increase in your property tax rate.

For the past 20 years, the ECO Trails Committee has worked to complete a paved recreation trail system that connects Vail Pass to the Glenwood Canyon recreation path, including a spur to Minturn and eventually to Red Cliff. Existing sales tax funding sources have generated an average of only $500,000 to $600,000 annually. We have worked hard over the years to leverage those funds with state, local and federal grants to build the core trail. We are at a critical juncture in the trails program. The final 17 miles of trail are the most expensive and complex. At current funding levels it will take more than 30 years to complete the trail.

Measure 1B, without increasing your tax rate, will give us the resources to complete the final trail sections in approximately seven years. Measure 1B expands the permitted uses of the existing open space tax to include paved trails and allows us funding options to complete the trail system expeditiously for the benefit of the entire community.

The remaining sections of the core trail are in the final stages of design and engineering. All we need is the funding to begin construction. Measure 1B will provide that opportunity.

Please vote "yes" on Measure 1B.

P.S. This year's election is a mail-in ballot format. There will be no polling places on Election Day. Make sure you return you ballot in time to be counted.

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Dick Cleveland

Chairman, ECO/Eagle Valley Trails Committee