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Letter to the Editor: New Year's Resolution
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How about a New Year's resolution for the citizens of Colorado City? Our resolution, let's become a "real" Colorado city. After three years of living in this "area," (I don't know what else to call it) I believe there would be great benefits to becoming an actual city. Our neighbor to the west, Rye, CO is a city. It is much smaller than we are, so it seems likely we could incorporate without much difficulty.

What are the advantages to becoming a city? Some would be real City services, state funding, ordinances and laws, and plans for development. What is the reason for becoming a city? Our affordable housing will attract our neighbors from Denver, Colorado Springs and Pueblo, particularly as the coronavirus continues and work from home becomes permanent. Our area is going to grow in population and stresses on our resources.

I have found Colorado City Metropolitan District to be lacking in its management of water and sewer, and our local covenants. As we continue to grow, we need an approach which improves the quality of our water and its access--a growing population's demands must be met. We need a government which can produce ordinances which can be enforced--for housing, property management, business development and real estate. We need access to more direct state support and tax money.

I know there are long-time residents of the area who would be against incorporation--they want the "freedom" to live without restriction. I would say a plan is a better response to changing times, than is a lack of restrictions. Planning by a local government, with the input of residents, would help us ensure the protection of what we love most about Colorado City. Lack of planning will change our "area" in ways we will not appreciate. Let's resolve to begin working toward becoming the real Colorado City.

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