Jim Gill: Yes on Referendum 2B


Election 2011

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The significant economic returns to our community of supporting Referendum 2B (0.25 percent sales tax support for the direct flight air service into Hayden) have been presented and detailed at length in various venues around town in recent weeks, including on these editorial pages. The many arguments in favor of this referendum are compelling and suggest that our sales tax-, vacation-based economy is truly dependent on high-quality, reliable and direct air service if we are to compete effectively in the future with other world-class ski communities.

One element of this new 0.25 percent sales tax that has not been discussed in any detail is the positive impact that a growing city of Steamboat Springs sales tax base would have on the Steamboat Springs Education Fund. The funds from Referendum 2B would provide for additional airline seats into Hayden, which would bring more winter visitors to town, which would generate more local spending, which would produce more city of Steamboat Springs sales tax revenues. The Steamboat Springs Education Fund receives half a percent of these city sales tax revenues.

Unlike other taxing alternatives to support local education, the proceeds from the Steamboat Springs Education Fund half-cent sales tax all remain in our community to enhance education for our local students. With the recent community support for sharing a portion of the Education Fund resources with the Hayden and South Routt school districts, it has become even more important that the city of Steamboat Springs sales tax base, which is the only source of income for the Education Fund, remains very strong.

A “yes” vote on Referendum 2B will help to assure this future strength.

Jim Gill

Steamboat Springs


Joey Andrew 5 years, 6 months ago


I was all for the .5 cent sales tax for education when in was first came to voters some years ago. However it is a failed tax where the money ended up costing our School District State funding, because it generated too much money, and for what? Our Teachers fell way below State standards in teaching and integrating technology into the classroom last year. 2B is going to prove to be another failed tax. Just because we flood a problem with money doesn't mean that we will be able to fix it.


Dan Hill 5 years, 6 months ago

The School District is so short of money they just decided to employ another highly paid administrator. This is not getting my vote.


BeCoolHoneyBunny 5 years, 6 months ago

More seats DO NOT guarantee more visitors. Higher taxes may result in less spending. This tax has a good chance of doing more harm than good.


Scott Wedel 5 years, 6 months ago

Well, that is a strange argument. Tax ourselves $1.3M for money to give to Ski Corps for them to pay for airline subsidies that even their ridiculous 100% seats occupied scenario would cause $220,000 to go to the school district.

If you want money for the schools then have the tax for the school district, not for Ski Corps.


bubba 5 years, 6 months ago

YVB, you must be a product of these public schools you so detest, otherwise, you might be able to spell albatross, or realize that it is not a proper noun, and thus does not need to be capitalized, or that metaphors do not need quotations. You might also realize that the implied subject of your last sentence is the public schools, so the word 'both' is misplaced.

But what do I know? I am just a product of the public school system.


bubba 5 years, 6 months ago

Wow, that's some pretty thin skin you've got there. Sorry, I just found your post ironic.

PS - The ending quotation marks should go after the exclamation point and question mark.


Jeff_Kibler 5 years, 6 months ago

Bubba, we proclaim thee the new "Grammar Queen, Reigning O'er the Boat O' Steam!"


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