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 September 24, 1999

Open-space program should be continued

Let’s continue Larimer County’s open-space program.

Help Preserve Open Spaces, on the ballot in Larimer County in November, calls for continuation of a sales tax of 25 cents on every $100 purchase, with groceries and prescription drugs excluded.

We supported the open-space tax when it was first approved a few years back, and we support it now. The tax has helped preserve thousands of acres of land that might otherwise have been developed, including on the increasingly crowded corridors between Loveland and Fort Collins.

Since its approval, the program has been conducted in such a way that it has worked with the market, not against it; no condemnation powers for open space exist.

Last time around, backers of the open-space tax worked hard to answer the questions of business leaders, and that effort paid off with passage of the tax and widespread support from the business community. This time around should be no different.

Several business-oriented groups already have endorsed extension of the open-space tax, an acknowledgement on the part of business that preservation of open spaces, creation of trails and addition of parks are vital elements in the region’s quality of life, especially given the rapid growth of recent years.

It should be noted that this is not a new tax; it’s merely the continuation of an existing tax, and a minimal one at that. It’s money that Larimer County’s residents can well afford, and it’s money well-spent.

Open space should be viewed to be as vital to a community’s well-being as police or fire protection, parks or roads. We urge citizens of Larimer County to endorse funding for a program that has only begun its work.

Let’s continue Larimer County’s open-space program.

Help Preserve Open Spaces, on the ballot in Larimer County in November, calls for continuation of a sales tax of 25 cents on every $100 purchase, with groceries and prescription drugs excluded.

We supported the open-space tax when it was first approved a few years back, and we support it now. The tax has helped preserve thousands of acres of land that might otherwise have been developed, including on the increasingly crowded corridors between Loveland and Fort Collins.

Since its approval, the program has been conducted in such a way that it has worked with the market,…

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