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While I applaud the light that has been shed on the plight many families and caseworkers in El Paso County are going through, I was hoping that a solution to the issue would be proposed. The solution brings to mind a matter that has been not been fairly well discussed despite its potential impact on families and county employees in El Paso County: the 1% sales tax initiative that will be on our ballots in November. Stressing the importance of this tax initiative will be difficult to do succinctly as it has a snowball effect that has detriment upon detriment for results in our community if this initiative is not passed successfully. As a non-profit employee who collaborates with county employees on a daily basis, and the significant other to a sheriffs deputy, I see first-hand how DHS caseworkers and law enforcement officers bring their duty of service, commitment to safety, and passion for justice to each family they serve. I also am witnessing the strife of these employees as they struggle with the realities of the budget crisis as they are informed that their health insurance costs will rise 140%, they are overworked and underpaid (as pointed out in the article), and cost of living raises are a distant memory and not a consideration for the near future. When you have an emergency in your home, do you want a deputy to arrive promptly, or do you wish to wait upwards of 25 minutes for a lone deputy who is patrolling over 1200 square miles to come to your aid? If you child is sexually assaulted, do you want a well-trained detective who is able to care for her own family needs to take care of your family needs? When your children need food and shelter that you are not able to provide them, wouldnt you want a DHS caseworker who is paid what he is worth, has a caseload that is manageable, and is committed to providing for your familys most important needs? I understand that the economy is in turmoil, and a 1% sales tax is asking us all to step up and bear the brunt of providing a boost to our communitys most important services. But the cost of not voting yes is far greater. It perhaps is not the best solution, but it is the most feasible and most immediate of solutions. While casting your ballot this fall, I urge you to consider not just yourself and your family, but families in our community and those who make their own sacrifices to serve them.

Posted by Nic413 on 09/09/2008 at 4:28 PM

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