Roger J. Wendell
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Aurora Sentinel Letter to the Editor - 07-27-1988 Aurora should cut city staff salaries
Aurora Sentinel July 27, 1988, p. 18

From: Roger J. Wendell, president
          Wilderness Defense!


Ignore the propaganda for a moment and take a hard look at Aurora and the metro area. Crime is a "growth industry," our streets are intolerably jammed, the air is poisonous and drugs permeate every segment of society. Yet the mayor and city council believe that bringing in more people will actually improve our quality of life - it won't.

Our best interests aren't in mind when city officials plead for more dams, freeways and airports. Pressures to sustain an overpaid professional staff, police and fire department compel them to jeopardize the citizenries' standard of living.

We are guaranteed more sprawl but told that parks and open space are no longer affordable. To further insult us, they warn of an even higher sales tax when current levels already border on usury.

It's time for Aurora to set a real example for Colorado and other "competing" cities. We can do this by continuing our current annexation policy, however, demand that zoning densities be at an absolute minimum, on the order of one residence per 10 acres or agricultural.

We can do it, especially if we deeply cut the above-mentioned salaries from current levels that were officially set at 110 percent of parity. The time to really plan for the future is now, otherwise we will be nothing more than a high altitude version of Los Angeles.

It may be interesting to note that I am a former employee of Aurora's Water Conservation Department, and that I served both as an election judge and on the Election Commission.





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