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Open Space Tax To Fund Purchases In Roaring Fork Valley...Maybe

Nov 9, 2018

Eagle County voters extended a property tax to fund the county’s open space program. The tax now sunsets in 2040.

Diane Mauriello is the Eagle County open space manager. She's keeping tabs on different properties in the Roaring Fork Valley but won’t say which ones.


"We are always eyeing different things and we tend to not disclose what those are. We look at properties quietly," she said. Big land acquisitions can take years to put together.  

The Eagle County Open Space program often collaborates with Pitkin County and the Aspen Valley Land trust. Take the Glassier Open Space near Basalt; Eagle County contributed $2.5 million towards the purchase.

Currently, the tax generates around $4.5 million each year.