Steamboat 700 campaign totals about $140,000

Developers outspent Let’s Vote by more than $120,000


Campaign finance reports

Let’s Vote

Reporting period: March 1 to April 3

■ Monetary contributions

Erich Esswein, $25; Stephen Aigner, $250; Ruby Mtn. LLC, $1,500; Bill Moser, $1,200; Bill Moser, $28.19

Total: $3,003.19

■ Nonmonetary contributions: $0

■ Expenditures

$2,858.87*, ads, Steamboat Pilot & Today; $122.50, ad reimbursement, Towny Anderson; $80, work meeting refreshments, Geeks Garage; $180, ads, NRC Broadcasting; $228, ads, KBCR radio; $248.50, ads, The Local; $8, not itemized

Total: $3,725.87

Good For Steamboat

Reporting period: March 1 to April 8

■ Monetary contributions: $0

■ Nonmonetary contributions

(All nonmonetary contributions are from Steamboat 700 LLC, for the designated expenditures.)

$864, ads, NRC Broadcasting; $5,208.50, ads, Steamboat Pilot & Today; $600, ads, KBCR radio; $12,000, consulting and professional services, The Kenney Group; $248.03, phone supplies, Walmart; $418.76, food and beverage, Steamboat Smokehouse; $19.10, food, Bagel Works; $941.58, printing, PostNet; $100, food and beverage, Sunpie’s Bistro; $30.36, food and beverage, Starbucks; $314, ads, The Local; $12,500, consulting and professional services, CWJ Inc.; $1,525, consulting and professional services, Curtis Church; $576.32, consulting and professional services, Tarsha Ebbern; $2,813.38, food and beverage, Rex’s American Grill & Bar

Total: $38,159.03

■ Returned contributions

$3,130, Steamboat 700 LLC, closing of campaign committee

Total: $3,130

■ Expenditures

(All payments are for canvassing and telephone support)

$170, Liz Brown; $80, Ann Butcher; $150, Lindsay Townsend; $125, Marcie Tracy-Norris; $40, Daniel Mark; $70, Sarah Dorsey; $45, April Dykman; $45, Nick Koch; $45, Charles Angerhofer; $70, Joe McKechnie; $70, Cole Henderson; $70, Kris Ratchkowsky

Total: $980

*Indicates the total cost of multiple purchases or payments.

Source: Campaign finance reports filed with Steamboat Springs City Clerk Julie Franklin

Steamboat 700 developers spent a total of nearly $140,000 on their campaign for the proposed Steamboat 700 annexation that city voters strongly denied in last month’s election.

The Good For Steamboat and Let’s Vote committees submitted their final campaign finance reports late last week to Steam­­boat Springs City Clerk Julie Franklin. The reports continue the trend of the first two report submittals, which occurred Feb. 16 and March 5 and showed a vast financial disparity between Good For Steamboat’s developer-funded, pro-annexation campaign and the citizen-funded opposition effort by Let’s Vote.

During the final reporting period, from March 1 to early April, Good For Steamboat spent more than $38,000 in a final push for the annexation, compared to less than $4,000 spent by Let’s Vote. The committee opposing the annexation spent a total of less than $18,000 on the campaign and resoundingly won the mail-in vote that ended March 9 by a split of about 60 percent to 40 percent, or 2,592 votes against the annexation to 1,661 votes in favor.

Before release of the final finance reports, longtime Routt County Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland said she could not recall a Routt County campaign committee that spent more than $100,000.

“I’m stunned,” she said about that figure.

Good For Steamboat’s final total of about $140,000, spent from late December through the March 9 election, includes more than $83,500 for consulting and related services from various companies and individuals; more than $13,000 in Steamboat Pilot & Today advertising, plus advertising costs to other local media outlets; and more than $6,300 on food and beverages from local restaurants and retailers, including about $2,800 for an election-night party at Rex’s American Grill & Bar.

The Let’s Vote committee spent $9,450 on Steamboat Pilot & Today advertising, plus costs to other local media. The committee’s other expenditures primarily included printing, postage and Web development.

Steamboat 700 attorney Bob Weiss said the Steamboat 700 development team has not yet finalized any plans for its parcel just west of current city limits.

“I’ve had a few conversations with Danny” Mulcahy, Weiss said Sunday, referring to Steamboat 700’s principal and project manager. “They’re really evaluating their options. I don’t think they have anything more to say at the moment.”

Mulcahy could not be reached by phone Sunday.


Scott Wedel 7 years ago

They spent more than $80 per yes vote!!!

The epitaph of the SB 700 campaign should be that anyone that ran such an inept campaign, spending so much for so little, could hardly be expected to be any better at developing the project. By being so bad at running a campaign they have spared us years of problems resulting from them ineptly developing SB 700.


nxoby36 7 years ago

it's time to put a stop to the over building in the Yampa valley . we have too many unsold homes and condos now . logic needs to prevail over the warm and cuddly folks who propose fool ideas just because they feel guilty and want to feel good . no where that this " affordable housing " crap has been done has really helped the people as most of the transient workers are just looking for a place to rent and at this time and for the foreseeable we have lots of available low cost rentals . I have yet to see any of these do-gooders offer to sell their multi million dollar homes for a hundred grand . Let the fee market decide the value and sale of housing as has always been done


Fred Duckels 7 years ago

When a terrorist attacks us it costs them ten bucks and it costs us billions. 700 has millions invested so this figure is a no brainer. The opponents will lose nothing if they don't prevail so any comparison is asinine. I wouldn't be too quick to raise the mission accomplished banner, the 700 folks are cornered and the ball is in their court.


Scott Wedel 7 years ago

Affordable housing need not be selling a mansion for a few dollars. It can also be modest houses on modest lots.

And it is not something that the market will consistently provide because there is a larger profit margin for larger houses so developer lays out a plat of larger lots when things are good and then there is no way for market to go back and make the lots smaller so that a smaller house would be a cost effective use of the lot.

Maybe the market would work to provide affordable housing if government got out of the zoning business so that someone could build an 8 plex on a 1 acre sanctuary lot if the free market said that was more profitable that yet another luxury home.


boatwatch 7 years ago

Capitalism does not reward speculation or bad business decisions. Mr . Mulcahy and his investors certainly speculated when they paid $25 million for land that has no water . Even with 5 acre zoning, it is questionable if that property has value of even $5-$10 million today or years from now. Mulcahy's folly will be around for a long, long time as a example of what happens to speculators.


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