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Dear Editor:

Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) is a program that is funded by the Colorado Lottery that provides a source of money for different recreation and conservation projects across the state. This is a program that has brought millions of dollars to Delta County over the past 24 years. GOCO-funded projects have done a lot to make our home a more desirable place to live and visit. Numerous projects at Crawford State Park, the Paonia River Park, the North Fork Pool, sports fields and town parks all over the county have been financed by this program.

Aside from the fact that I benefit from these projects personally, I also believe these projects do a lot to support my small outdoor recreation business. The success of my business is determined by how well I am able to attract visitors to Delta County, and GOCO funded improvements have helped make Delta County a place people want to visit. This means more people using my services, supporting our local wineries, hotels, restaurants and feeding into our local economy. I would like to see my business and the tourism industry in Delta County flourish. This will directly create more jobs and bring more money into our local economy. GOCO plays a big role in this.

As GOCO funds are derived from the sale of lotto tickets, this program is not supported by taxes and does not financially burden the people of Colorado. The fate of this program is being determined by our state lawmakers at the capitol. I encourage you to support Senate Bill 66, which reauthorizes funds from the Colorado Lottery to finance GOCO. Voice your support of the bill to our state representatives and sign on as supporters at www.keepitco.org.

Daniel Roman Owner
Western Slope SUP
Hotchkiss

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