Planning ahead for our future

To the editor,

My family has resided in Durango since the early 1930s. Durango has gone through many changes over the years, but none more important than what we are facing right now. I will be the first to say I wince at the sound of someone saying “raising taxes is a good thing.” As a business owner for 15 years in Durango, I have come to realize that the cost of doing business is NOT cheap, and if you choose not to plan ahead, you will lose.

The reason I am in full support of Ballot Initiative 1A is that our city government, in this particular situation, is planning ahead. (Unlike the wastewater sewer plant replacement project.) They realize if we don’t forecast our preferred future and plan for specific projects and future growth, Durango as we know it, will become one of many small communities around our country that is falling apart due to poor maintenance and policing of its businesses and neighborhoods.

The passage of initiative 1A will amount to only half a penny on each dollar spent and will help fund our streets, which are in need of maintenance and repair. It costs nearly eight times more to rebuild a street versus a fraction of the cost to maintain them, and each year that this is deferred will cost us $2 million - $4 million annually. Durango is a unique and beautiful place to live, and we have an obligation to do our part to help take care of all the resources and amenities that Durango currently offers its amazing citizens and the tens of thousands of people who visit this small mountain town every year. Please vote yes on 1A, the investment is worth it.

– Joe Lloyd, Durango