“The last 12 years have been a remarkable experience,” Fischer said on Tuesday. “I am really committed to our citizens and it’s important to me to be a good elected official and represent my community well. I want to keep working toward the goals of San Miguel County and there still are a lot of things that need to be completed.”
Along with maintaining a balanced budget in a weakened economy, Fischer, who is a Democrat, listed a number of issues that she has consistently advocated, including environmental issues, affordable housing, health care, public lands, and early childcare education.
In fact, Fischer and her fellow commissioners were instrumental in helping build a new preschool at the Gold Run affordable housing complex located on the east side of Telluride. Groundbreaking on the preschool, which is being built in partnership with the Town of Telluride, is set for April.
“I am very involved with early childcare education, it has always been an important issue with me,” Fischer said. “It’s critical to economic stability and enough statistics prove that the earlier you have a child in these programs the greater the positive impact it will have on their socialization skills. I would like to keep working on that within the county to make sure we have enough childcare for parents who wish to take advantage of it.”
Clearly the most pressing challenge the county government continues to face is the decline in revenues. How the county moves forward with a slim budget while maintaining the services its citizens have come to depend on is the challenge.
“That is really the most important thing for us right now,” she said. “We have done a good job at being creative with the money we have. We have to look at everything very carefully to make sure we can provide the services people need but also be more effective with the dollars we have. The objective is to keep our services as well as keeping people’s jobs. We have a really great, highly energetic staff to make way for a very good future in San Miguel County.”
During her time as commissioner, Fischer has been a representative at Colorado Counties, Inc., the lobbying firm representing counties at the state legislature. Fischer said she believes her work at CCI has brought a voice to rural resort communities, which, in many ways, are unlike centrally located resort communities.
“We need people to understand why we have an affordable housing program,” Fischer said. “A lot of other communities don’t understand why it is so important to us.”
“As a county commissioner, it’s not about focusing on a single issue, it’s about looking at the whole picture,” she continued. “I feel very fortunate to have been doing this for this long but I enjoy it and I am very committed to it. It’s very exciting to work for everyone in San Miguel County to make sure they are well represented. I hope I will continue to have the opportunity to serve them.”
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