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Montezuma County Commission Chair Reflects on Broadband Project

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The fact that Montezuma County ran out of time to put a broadband sales-tax question to voters on the November ballet may be for the best. That was the view of commission chairman Larry Don Suckla, who said Monday that the delay may produce a better product.

The commissioners had wanted to ask for the one-cent tax to fund a county-wide, high-speed Internet system, but decided last week they could not get the necessary ballot questions ready in time. Voters will still be asked to let the county opt out of a state law, SB 152, to give the county  authority to build such a system, but the sales tax to fund it and the structure of an entity to manage it will be left for a possible special election next year. Suckla said “a lot of good things” came from “pushing too fast” for the project because, “It made people get off the sidelines.”

Gail Binkly is a career journalist who has worked for the Colorado Springs Gazette and Cortez Journal. She is currently a freelance writer as well as the editor of the Four Corners Free Press, based in Cortez.
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