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Oct 23

The Purpose of Government

Posted on October 23, 2013 at 11:03 AM by Kelly Vaughn

This is the third in a series of blog posts about the Town Council retreat that took place September, 2013. You can read the first posts here and here.

What is the purpose of local government? This question posed by Interim Town Manager and retreat facilitator Gary Suiter.

Quiz: Which of your council-members answered as follows?

“The purpose of government is to enable the people of a nation to live in safety and happiness. Government exists for the interests of the governed, not for the governors.”

a) Markey Butler, b) Chris Jacobson, c) Fred Kucker, d) Bill Boineu, e) Jason Haber

Trick question – the answer is f) Thomas Jefferson—who very obviously is not on the Snowmass Village Town Council. But, during their discussion on the purpose of government, Council did take a page from our founding father’s book. In summary, the purpose of Snowmass Village government is to:
  • Promote the safety, health, and welfare of the community
  • Manage public assets and exercise fiduciary responsibility
  • Work in the best interest of the community
  • Build trust, inspire confidence, and “have the public’s back” 
  • Promote the stewardship of economic, financial, and natural resources
What do you think is the purpose of government in Snowmass Village? Weigh in below.


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