21 up for Tax Policy Group

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Former City Council members, bankers and retired businesspeople are among the 21 people who have applied for the city's Tax Policy Advisory Board.

The City Council will begin interviews next week for the nine-member board that will be charged with looking at potential revenue sources for the city and exploring alternative funding for existing budget items.

Council members Susan Dellinger, Kathy Connell, Steve Ivancie and Nancy Kramer will make up the interview board. Under the council's direction, at least two and as many as four members of the board should live in Routt County but outside the city limits.

"We want to make sure we include all points of view in this discussion," Council President Paul Strong said.

The advisory board was among the topics discussed at Wednesday's joint meeting between the council and Routt County commissioners. The council asked that the county help the group by giving it information.

"How effective this group will be is directly related to the information we can give them to start out with," Councilwoman Kathy Connell said. "We are hoping the information from the county will be forthcoming."

Connell also cautioned that the group start off slow.

"We want to make sure we don't set this group up to fail by putting so much on their plate at first," Connell said.

The group is expected to meet weekly or biweekly and come back with a recommendation on a tax-policy strategy for the city by this summer. The time frame would give the council enough time to take a ballot issue to the voters this fall, if necessary.

The council will interview applicants Feb. 17 and 19. Each applicant is scheduled for a 10-minute interview.

The applicants are Paulie Anderson, Cheryl Antalek, Lee Cox, Jack Dysart, Audrey Enever, Jim Engelken, Scott Ford, Anthony Fraioli, Wade Gebhardt, Scott Glackman, Jake Henry, William Jameson, Steve Lewis, Nancy Nagler, James Peterson, Bud Romberg, Michael Rossman, Chloe Scholes, Ken Solomon, Richard Tremaine and Fred Wolf.

The list includes three former council members, a member of the Routt County Planning Regional Commission and a woman from a tax-policy group the city formed in 1984. Also on the list are local bankers, retired businessmen, people in the construction trade, a teacher, two owners of The Local and a former government worker.

Councilman Ken Brenner said it is going to be difficult to narrow the list of 21 down to nine but said all who have applied are welcome to give their input throughout the process.

"Only nine vote on specific strategies, but each and every one who showed interest in this have ideas we want to hear," Brenner said. "We want to get a good, broad representation from the community and input from as many different segments that we can."

-- To reach Christine Metz call 871-4229

or e-mail cmetz@steamboatpilot.com

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