Guest Opinion: Granby Area Chamber of Commerce opposes ballot measures
October 14, 2010
The following statement was approved by the Granby Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors:
Three issues coming up on Colorado’s ballot this year will be extremely dangerous to business in Colorado, especially Colorado’s small communities.
Normally the Greater Granby Area Chamber of Commerce does not take a stance on political issues; rather, the organization offers members information about each side. However, this year’s ballot has three issues – Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101 – that we feel would be profoundly destructive to businesses and local governments.
The Greater Granby Area Chamber of Commerce surveyed our members about whether we should take a stance on Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101, and which way the organization should lean. We received a recommendation from 74 percent or better of our members on each issue that we take a stand against all of them.
Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101 might not affect businesses in the Greater Granby Area immediately, but the long-term effects could be devastating.
Loss of infrastructure would mean fewer visitors, residents, and business. Costs for things the assistance government was providing would fall to local businesses – plowing, filling potholes, sidewalk maintenance – and all would become the personal responsibility of each business owner, rather than a joint effort from all users of the system. Amenities would be lost or never become a reality, increasing the possibility of people moving away from the mountains to larger cities – another loss of our customer base.
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The money the town, county and state trust to the Chamber to market the area and help the economy could be severely cut or withdrawn altogether. Marketing and continuing education would fall to each individual business rather than the cooperative marketing through the Chamber. Efforts to improve/enhance the economy and the local area would drastically decrease and perhaps disappear.
Small towns such as Granby would eventually lose their economic base as businesses who cannot afford to pay someone to help and do not have the knowledge to do everything themselves close or move away.
We realize many things need to change in government, but Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101 are not the answers. Help us continue to fight for business. Help us continue to monitor government and find a way to improve our lives and businesses without completely destroying Colorado’s, Grand County’s and Granby’s economy.
The Greater Granby Area Chamber of Commerce strongly urges you to vote NO on Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101.
As always, we recommend that our members research all sides of any issue before determining how they vote. We realize 20 percent to 25 percent of our membership is either undecided or would vote for the amendments and proposition and we respect their decision to do so.
Please go to our website, http://www.granbychamber.com to view our resolution and find more information about Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101.