Friday, September 26, 2008

Vote yes on open space

This November, Blaine County voters will have the opportunity to protect the beautiful, wide-open spaces we all enjoy by voting 'yes' on Proposition 1—the land, water and wildlife Levy.

If passed, this levy will raise $3.4 million, enabling our county to protect agricultural resources, wildlife habitat, recreational and public access and areas of scenic value.

By 2025 Blaine County's population is estimated to grow from 22,000 (2005) to 32,000 residents. It's not hard to imagine why so many people want to call our valley home—we enjoy a quality of life that is the envy of the nation. But, as more people move here, we risk losing one of Blaine County's most precious resources—its open space.

Look out your window. What do you see? Chances are you'll catch a glimpse of a mountain view. The wide-open spaces that surround our communities are part of what makes living here special. Passage of Proposition 1 will allow us to protect those values now and for future generations.

In addition to protecting valuable open space, the land, water and wildlife levy will protect regional property values and save taxpayers money by preventing expensive remote development, far from community services.

While government agencies are faced with growing needs and tightening budgets, it is even more important to invest now as a community to protect and restore the natural environment that makes this the very special place it is. We are fortunate that Blaine County is taking this step.

Please join me in voting 'yes' this November on Proposition 1—the land, water and wildlife levy.

Steve Wolper


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