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Letter: Healy, Support Issue 1A on November 8

Support Issue 1A on November 8

Grand County is defined by its open spaces. Our county offers a rich agricultural heritage, gorgeous landscapes and unrivaled outdoor recreation. For some of us, summers are filled with hiking and biking our wonderful trails, while winters involve skiing and snowshoeing on many of those same trails. For others, it is long days working multi-generational family ranches.

Colorado Headwaters Land Trust works to maintain Grand County’s open spaces. Along with many other local non-profit organizations, we do so with no source of dedicated funding. Our cause has been fueled by the generosity and passion of our supporters and volunteers. The residents of Grand County now have the opportunity to strengthen the protection of their land and water. By using their voting power on November 8, Grand County residents can put Issue 1A: Open Lands, Rivers and Trails into effect, dedicating the 0.3 percent sales tax revenue to both conservation and trail maintenance. The State Demographer’s Office projects that Grand County’s population will see a 90 percent increase in the next 35 years. Let’s act now if we want the Grand County we know and love to live on.

Issue 1A: Open Lands, Rivers and Trails is a highly accountable and temporary measure. There will be strong oversight by an independent citizen Open Lands Advisory Committee, made up of representatives from each part of Grand County. Funds will be spent solely on (1) keeping water in the Colorado River basin available for agriculture, ranching and outdoor recreation; (2) conserving agricultural lands, natural areas, scenic open lands, wildlife habitat and wetlands; and (3) maintaining hiking and biking trails. No more than 5 percent of the funds will be used for administration of the program and the sales tax expires after ten years.

Support of Issue 1A: Open Lands, Rivers and Trails results in many things for Grand County. This fund will protect our views, our wetlands and our quality of life. It will protect and preserve agricultural land, helping to keep farmers and ranchers on their properties. It will also provide necessary maintenance for our trails. We ask voters to support Issue 1A on November 8.

Cray Healy

President, Colorado Headwaters Land Trust Board of Directors