Chaffee County Economic Development Corporation Supports Chaffee Ballot Measure 1A
At its October board meeting, the Chaffee County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) voted to support Chaffee County Ballot Measure 1A.
Board president Jeff Post commented, “Our iconic landscapes are foundational to Chaffee County’s identity and economic resilience. We don’t want to be depleting our capital assets to cover annual operating costs.”
“I think of this measure as the three-legged stool,” Post continued. “A healthy forest, resilient agriculture, and a sustainable path forward with outdoor recreation will provide the stability we need to build our future and address our challenges.”
The ballot measure, which levies a .25% county sales tax, is designed to promote forest health and protect against catastrophic wildfire, provide solutions to impacts caused by burgeoning growth in outdoor recreation, and protect working lands and water while strengthening the economic environment for agriculture. A recent report released by the Office of Economic Development and International Trade links outdoor recreation with health and wellness. You can find the report at bit.ly/coloradooutdoorhealth.
In discussion at its October 5 regular monthly meeting, the Board noted several more reasons for their support:
- The strength and resiliency of the local economy is tied to County quality of life.
- The landscape, natural environment, and recreational opportunities are key draws for both tourism and business development.
- Catastrophic wildfire can have devastating impacts on water availability, water quality, and outdoor recreation including possible impacts on Monarch Ski Company and its importance to the winter tourist season.
- Federal and state land management agencies channel more resources to communities that show initiative and financial support for local landscape health efforts.
The Board decided to support the measure as part of its goal of ensuring that Chaffee County remains “Open for Business” and to promote the expansion, creation, and retention of jobs in addition to sustaining economic vitality.