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Bruce Allbright: Vote ‘yes’ on 7D to sustain CMC

Dear Editor,

I'd like to congratulate the editorial staff of the Steamboat Pilot & Today for a well-written and eminently understandable explanation and justification of the 7D ballot initiative. It’s not easy for me to support anything that smells like a tax increase but 7D is not a tax increase but a foregoing of a tax decrease to support a uniquely West Slope and iconic institution Colorado Mountain College.

CMC populates and educates many of the public safety, health, education, business and culinary/recreational professionals we rely on here in Routt County and throughout the mountain communities of western Colorado. Here in Routt you will rarely have a day go by that is not touched by a CMC student or grad.

Affordably-educated local citizens have done nothing but improve our living standards and opportunities for growth. I am told 89 percent of CMC students are employed here in Steamboat Springs. Many of us "seasoned citizens" enjoy the non-credit offerings up on the hill at CMC as well as the community forums offers in the gleaming new facilities.

CMC has already absorbed nearly $3 million in funding cuts last year due to the unintended consequences of the Gallagher Amendment. Program maintenance and growth in important areas like nursing will be impacted going forward if a solution is not found.

You don't need a degree in sustainability from CMC to know multimillion-dollar budget cuts are not sustainable for our small college. If you made it this far, you certainly can thumb to the back page of your voter guide and ballot, find 7D, educate yourself and vote “yes” for 7D.

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Bruce Allbright

Pleasant Valley

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