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Question regarding Wheeler money is on the ballot for Aspen voters in November election

Patrick Fort
Aspen Public Radio
The Wheeler Opera House is located in downtown Aspen. City voters will be asked in the upcoming election whether a cap should be lifted on funds raised from the Wheeler's real estate transfer tax to support a broader range of arts and cultural institutions.

Aspen voters this week received their ballots for November’s election. One ballot question drawing particular attention is 2A, which asks voters to lift a cap on grants to local arts organizations raised from the Wheeler Opera House’s real estate transfer tax.

"Morning Edition" host Eleanor Bennett spoke to arts-and-culture reporter Kirsten Dobroth about what 2A means and about what passage would mean for future arts funding in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Kirsten was born and raised in Massachusetts, and has called Colorado home since 2008. She moved to Vail the day after graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2011. Before relocating to Basalt in 2020, she also spent a year living in one of Aspen’s sister cities, Queenstown, New Zealand.
Eleanor is an award-winning journalist and "Morning Edition" anchor. She has reported on a wide range of topics in her community, including the impacts of federal immigration policies on local DACA recipients, creative efforts to solve the valley's affordable housing crisis, and hungry goats fighting climate change across the West through targeted grazing. Connecting with people from all walks of life and creating empathic spaces for them to tell their stories fuels her work.