Lance Scranton: Ready to dig in
A practically brand new city council will take the leadership role of our fair city later this month. There has been much talk and conversation about where Craig and Moffat County are headed in the next few years. People who follow local politics understand that there was a clear mandate by those who voted, and change appears to have been the driving force at the ballot box.
It’s also clear that our newest councilmen have a full plate to consider these next two years. City leaders will be tasked with determining how the local tax increase passed during the last election will help sustain services. The county and local budgets appear to be an issue the leaders will also have to take a serious look at in the near future.
But, it’s safe to say that one of the driving forces for change, other than those councilmen who decided not to seek re-election, was the obvious attitude toward seeking a ballot initiative to consider marijuana sales in Craig. Most, if not all, of the interviews leading up to the election centered around questions based on how much marijuana might help or hurt the local budget.
Most of the candidates who were elected took a favorable view of allowing the citizens of Craig to consider the question. Many communities in Colorado have already passed local ordinances to allow retail pot sales and many cities are realizing an economic benefit from the added revenue source. Taxes from pot sales are helping support various local budgets and many people think that Craig might as well get in on the increased taxes generated from the sale of pot.
It’s hard to argue with people who make the valid point that because other communities are realizing the benefits that we should too. People just drive down the road to Steamboat, if we don’t sell it. People should be able to buy it locally so Craig gets the benefit. People have a right to buy pot so we should keep it local and support our local economy.
All valid points and ones that we will certainly hear more about in the coming months from our local city leaders who are ready to be seated and dig in to make Craig a better place to live. Citizens will have the final word and it would appear that we have much to consider as our fair city navigates the best way to make Craig a viable city that is also attractive as a place to live in and raise a family.
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