Letter to the editor: Hit brakes on Douglas County commissioners’ plan

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Regarding the July 22 article, “County seeks volunteers to advise on public health,” I note that Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties have been members of the Tri-County Health Department since 1966. Douglas County commissioners say they want to leave the group “for increased local control.”

My conservative side says slam on the brakes. We are part of a seasoned professional health care cooperative that has worked for more than 50 years. I cannot help but conclude the problem is with Douglas County commissioners, not the Tri-County Health Department.

I would guess from a tax burden perspective it is more efficient to belong to Tri-County than to create and maintain a new Douglas County Health Department. Is there any possibility the commissioners have a political motivation?

Jim Rankin

Highlands Ranch

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