by Clayton Moore
Last week was a tough week – for the re-election hopes of incumbent Eagle County Commissioner – Jon Stavney.
It seems (at least in Edwards) Commissioner Stavney’s endorsement of an Open Space purchase near the Edwards neighborhood of Homestead – did not make everyone there very happy. Imagine that…
The above campaign sign was photographed last week at the busy intersection of Rte. 6 and the Edwards Access Road. Drivers getting off I-70 headed home into their Edwards-Homestead neighborhood had plenty of time to read the sign while stopped at that Rte. 6 traffic light.
Meanwhile…for the second week in a row ‘editor half the story’ (his weekly – Friday commentary) over at the Daily Fishwrap added his voice – to the persistent voice of the ECT CALLING FOR the REPEAL of Eagle County’s Open Space Tax – to be put back on your Ballot.
What County voters need to know about our 5 Commissioner Candidates.
1 – Incumbent candidate Jon Stavney has publically REFUSED to put that issue back on the Ballot for County voters.
2 – Commissioner candidate Jill Ryan has also REFUSED to put that issue back on the Ballot.
3 – Independent Commissioner candidate Dale Nelson has also REFUSED, publicly – and now interestingly has recently changed his mind to AGREE to put the question of the the Repeal of the County’s Open Space Tax back on your Ballot.
The good news is! – BOTH Commissioner Candidates Courtney Holm and Jeff Layman have PUBLICLY AGREED to put that question back on the Ballot for Eagle County voters! When any of these 3 new County Commissioner Candidates are elected – the Repeal Ballot question of continuing to Fund Open Space is guaranteed!
To be fair to Commissioner Stavney’s re-election campaign the ECT will point out the fact that the Commissioner continues to enjoy the support of;
1 – The employees of the Eagle Valley Land Trust – they’re Eagle County locals and direct beneficiaries of Eagle County spending millions of your Tax Dollars on more Open Space purchases endorsed by the Land Trust.
2 – A very small number Colorado River Rafting companies that see Commissioner Stavney’s Open Space purchases along the River – helpful to their businesses that run most profitably during the 3 months of June, July and August. Is this Commissioner Stavney’s idea of ‘Economic Development’ in Eagle County – 3 out of 12 months?
3 – Local Dope Dealers – that own the so-called Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in Eagle County approved/endorsed by Commissioner Stavney (Click Here) – businesses the ECT will point out factually – are in direct conflict with Federal Drug Law.
ECT Note: Toby Sprunk (below) is Eagle County Government’s – Director of Open Space. Why Commissioner(s) does the Eagle County Taxpayer need to pay for an official “Open Space Director” a (new and unneeded Eagle County bureaucrat?) in addition to the County’s existing “Open Space Advisory Committee” recommending to our County Commissioners who ultimately decide where to spend millions of your Tax Money on the so called Open Space?