Kudos to Cari Hermacinski for her City Council re-election advertisement asking for my opinion regarding Steamboat 700 and 360 Village annexation. Her question should scream at the voting population of Steamboat. The annexation question is too big a decision for City Council and a handful of interested parties to make on their own.
The decision to expand the city by such magnitude should be made by everyone. I believe in the 51/49 rule. If the issue is put to a vote of the people of Steamboat, we should all respect the outcome. However, I will always be a little suspicious of the decision if it is made by a small group of people, many of whom have a horse in this race.
I recommend postponing the Oct. 13 council vote and putting the measure on the November ballot to see where the majority of Steamboat residents vote on the issue, then move accordingly. By the way, I am not in favor of annexation. My reasons are neither important, nor original. But Cari, thanks for asking.