Taylor, White host meeting

Senator, representative to talk to Steamboat residents today

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State Sen. Jack Taylor, R-Steamboat Springs, and state Rep. Al White, R-Winter Park, will host a town-hall style meeting from 11 a.m. to noon today at Centennial Hall.

The meeting is part of the 2004 Listening Tour.

Accompanying the legislators will be Dr. Nancy McCalin, director of the Office of State Planning and Budgeting, and Michael Beasley, director of the Department of Local Affairs.

Taylor and White will provide a legislative update and discuss with constituents issues at the Capitol. Some of the major issues include the state budget -- the Taxpayers Bill of Rights and Amendment 23, in particular -- the senior property tax exemption, the removal of the business personal property tax and water, Taylor said.

One of the projects Taylor is working on this session is a pilot "heritage tourism" program that would use Steamboat Springs, recently named a Preserve America community, as a focal point.

"It's another arrow in the quiver" for generating tourism, Taylor said.

Beasley's attendance at the meeting gives residents a chance to ask questions about the Department of Local Affairs, which oversees programs including the Energy and Mineral Assistance Program that regularly grants hundreds of thousands of dollars to Routt County communities.

"I'm very much looking forward to joining Sen. Taylor and Rep. White in Steamboat Springs to hear about the issues that are most important to this region," Beasley said in a prepared statement. "Our department has a very successful history of partnership with Steamboat Springs and Routt County, and we always appreciate the privilege to talk with citizens, local officials and representatives from the community."

Members of the public are encouraged to attend the meeting and ask questions.

The Listening Tour is a statewide effort to gain feedback on issues of importance to Coloradans. Legislators across the state are going into their home districts to listen to the concerns of their constituents and deliver those concerns to the state Senate and House.

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