|Transp. survey results released by advocacy groups|
|Written by Holyoke Enterprise|
Action 22, CLUB 20 and Progressive 15 have released the results of a transportation survey conducted jointly by the three advocacy organizations in the April/May time frame this year.
The rural advocacy organizations have been involved in statewide transportation discussions over the years and participated as convening partners of the MPACT 64 coalition since its inception, which includes Metro Mayors, Progressive 15, Action 22 and CLUB 20 Transportation.
For the three organizations representing the interests of rural Colorado, transportation is a critical issue and has been since the groups were formed.
During discussions with the MPACT 64 coalition, these rural organizations expressed the widely held view that their rural members believe transportation is important and that rural communities are willing to identify ways to fund road maintenance and safety measures in those areas.
Additionally, the three organizations have held that rural members would support a tax increase to support maintenance and safety measures in rural Colorado.
When recent transportation polling results appeared to contradict the beliefs of Action 22, CLUB 20 and Progressive 15 members, the three organizations collectively developed a survey and sent it to their constituents in an effort to validate or repudiate those long held beliefs. The survey results indeed validated the positions these organizations have held throughout the discussion regarding transportation funding options.
The three rural organizations recognize that, in the scheme of things, the survey results would not be considered “scientific” by polling organizations.
However, it is interesting to note that survey participants included educators, engineers, certified nursing assistants, accountants and homemakers who took the survey along with many others. Respondents hailed from Huerfano County to Yuma County to LaPlata County.
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