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Jim Haff: On experience and forward progress

Dear Editor,

I started skiing Killington in 1978. My wife, Mary, and I have three daughters, Meaghan, Rory and Maeve. We own The Butternut Inn and 46 acres of land being developed into nine single-family homesites. I have been personally invested in this town for a long time and have seen it go through many changes over those years.

March 5, 2008, I first ran for selectman and was defeated by incumbent Mike Miller. I ran on a platform that "if a business wants to grow, then the business should invest in themselves." I didn't believe that we should tax others to help private businesses and I still have that belief.

But, since we have the 1 percent tax and the intent is to grow the Killington economy, I believe we should work with the resort and SP

Land Company in a way that benefits all.

One of my suggestions was the "Big Idea," which I believe gets the town working with the resort to bring in summertime attractions that we are trying to achieve with this tax.

How we grow and develop Killington over the next few years stands to change the future direction of this town and I plan to ensure that all developments are made fairly with full fiscal transparency.