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Protecting the past is vital

Reader’s Viewpoint
Thursday, April 15, 2021

Park City has been my home for over 40 years. Mark and I loved hearing the oral history from our neighbors and friends. Everything was new to us for we were transplants from Wisconsin. Sadly, our family stories are quiet now back home and there is no one to ask a question to. We have felt that loss often. Luckily for those of you who live in Stillwater County and the towns in it there is a place to see and hear the early settlers’ adventures. Some of the names you will see are relatives of people in the very cities you live in now. So many new people in the county know nothing about the rich ancestry of this area. As the world changes the ties of the past are so important for our children to know. We are privileged to have the Museum of the Beartooths in Columbus. That building has the wealth of stories and pictures of those before us. It displays the qualities we all hope our children learn. They can hear of the strength, bravery, pride and faith that helped settle this beautiful area. The museum, unlike many other museums, has been operating all year on fundraising and grants. Now they are asking the property tax owners to help keep it running with a Stillwater Museum District levy of 13 mills. They intend to start with using half of the mills and still fundraise for exhibits. The extra mills are so they will not have to come back to the taxpayers for years. Based on using half of the mill the current tax rates would be $ 8.78 for a residence of $100,000.00 per year and $ 17.55 for a $200,000.00 residence per year. You will receive a ballot after April 16th in the mail. Please return it by May 4th, 2021. If you have not seen the Museum, please come visit. It will be open starting April 19th. Come and see it for yourself. Won’t you please consider the value this will offer to our children, our schools, our cities and the county in preserving history for the future ?

Carol Henckel

Park City

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