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Letter: Protect Routt County by voting for ballot measure 1A

The sounds and sights on a ranch are familiar to me because I was born and raised on one. My husband and I raised our two children here and, now in turn, their young families call this home. We treasure the opportunity to live in this beautiful valley and we take our stewardship responsibilities of clean water, healthy ecosystems and working landscapes seriously.

For these and many other reasons, I encourage you to vote Yes on ballot measure 1A for the reauthorization of the Routt County Purchase of Development Rights program. When re-approved by the voters this fall, the measure will provide continued funding for PDR to assure the successful conservation of open spaces and agriculture-based economies. Since 1996 when Routt County voters first approved the creation of the program, PDR has played a critical role in conserving over 56,000 acres of land and completing more than 65 conservation easements throughout the county. Research proves that land conservation stimulates local economies, positively impacts community health, brings a variety of environmental benefits and helps keep our agriculture viable.

PDR funding is derived from a 1.5 mill on county property tax. Our taxes will remain at the same rate and the money will continue to be wisely used to purchase properties development rights thereby permanently protecting resources like open space, water, wildlife habitat, agricultural land, scenic vistas, recreational opportunities and historic landmarks.

I believe all of us have a love affair with the Yampa Valley. Please help protect it by voting Yes for Water, Wildlife and Working Ranches this fall.

Marsha Daughenbaugh

Steamboat Springs

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