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To The Editor:
The voters of Waitsfield will have two important decisions to make at the polls on July 30. The bond vote on the town office relocation has a lot riding on it, $750,000 in grant funds, in fact. It is important the voters understand the opportunity that is presented and make it a point to vote on July 30. Absentee ballots are available and can be cast until 4:30 p.m. on July 29, so really, there are no good excuses for not voting.
The second bond issue is really the focus of this letter. Eagles Resort is a 16-unit timeshare property that is well run, well respected, fiscally sound and an asset to the lodging bed base of The Valley. Timeshare guests stay a week in The Valley, spending money daily within our local economy. Eagles Resort is unable to borrow funds as outlined in its charter. A successful bond vote of $200,000 is critical to this local business' continued fiscal soundness and success.
The Eagles would pay back the loan (they have already pledged the 50 percent of the initial hook-up fee) through its user and connection fees. Failure in this vote would force the Eagles to drill yet another low-yield well and continue to truck water in by tanker on a year-round basis. Waitsfield voters, please support this quiet yet important local business with an affirmative vote on July 30.
Susan M. Klein
Mad River Valley Chamber of Commerce