Jack Weinstein: Downtown tax to be discussed

Meeting Wednesday about potential to fund business improvement district


Jack Weinstein

Jack Weinstein's column appears periodically in the Steamboat Today. Contact him at 970-871-4203 or jweinstein@SteamboatToday.com.
Past Event

Mainstreet Steamboat Springs Economic Restructuring Committee meeting

  • Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 11:30 a.m.
  • Mainstreet Steamboat Springs, 751 Yampa Avenue, Steamboat Springs
  • All ages / Free


— The first public meeting to discuss a potential downtown property tax to fund the existing business improvement district is scheduled for Wednesday.

Mainstreet Steamboat Springs Manager Tracy Barnett said the tax would be subject of Mainstreet’s Economic Restructuring Committee meeting at 11:30 a.m. upstairs at Harwigs/L’Apogee.

Committee members will decide whether to ask property owners, business owners and residents in the area from about Third to 13th streets and Yampa to Oak streets in downtown Steamboat about the tax.

A vote to provide a funding source for the district failed by six votes in 2007.

The property tax revenue could help fund the Mainstreet program, marketing and promotion of the downtown district and services for the businesses, Barnett said. She said that’s up to the property owners and business owners in the district.

Barnett said she wants to hear what their questions and concerns are.

Resort Broadband recently announced its acquisition of VailNet, an Internet service provider in Eagle and Summit counties.

The deal brings 3,000 new customers to Resort Broadband, the largest locally owned Internet service provider in Steamboat Springs. It was founded in 2001. VailNet customers will retain their vail.net and colorado.net email addresses.

Also as part of the deal, Resort Broadband acquired vail.net and colorado.net websites as well as online visitor guides to the Vail and Beaver Creek areas.

■ Mindful Life founder Kristen Race, Ph.D., was named to the list of 20 Women to Watch in 2012 by www.mommyperks.com, a site that provides parenting information, advertising and public relations help, product reviews and tips for moms.

Steamboat-based Mindful Life helps identify solutions to help families manage stress. Its signature program, Mindful Life Yoga for Kids, serves more than 4,000 children in 25 schools across the country, including nine preschools in Routt County.

The next training for teachers, counselors or parents to become certified in the yoga method is Saturday and Sunday. For more information or to sign up, visit www.mindfullifeyoga.com.

Animal Healing Center has been awarded gold certification by the Steamboat Sustainable Business Consortium, according to a news release.

The holistic veterinary clinic at 344 Oak St. was noted for reducing energy consumption and having sustainable practices, which included a paperless record-keeping system and eliminating X-ray chemical waste by using digital machines.

Animal Healing Center is one of 81 businesses in the Yampa Valley that have participated in the Steamboat Sustainable Business Program, a service provided by Environment Solutions Unlimited.

■ Two businesses have reopened in the space above West End Liquor, 2432 Lincoln Ave.

Runs With Scissors salon and Abracadabra, You Can Look Younger opened about two months ago. Runs With Scissors was last located at 306 Oak St., and Abracadabra last was at 1124 Yampa St.

Runs with Scissors offers color, cuts and facials. Abracadabra also provides hair services but specializes in bio-electric facial rejuvenation and nonsurgical facelifts.

Both businesses are open by appointment. Call Sam Bennett at Runs With Scissors at 970-846-3030 and Zanobia Shalks at Abracadabra at 970-871-0072.

Jack Weinstein’s column appears periodically in the Steamboat Today. Contact him at 970-871-4203 or jweinstein@SteamboatToday.com.


captnse 5 years, 3 months ago

Tax the buisnesses not the residence. Just because the ski Corp screwed over the entire community with their sleezy tax Dont think townies will want more tax. Taxation is not the Solution. Repeal airline tax! !! Boycott ski corp . They take my Tax $ so i am certinally not going to support their cause.


Tracy Barnett 5 years, 3 months ago

This article is incomplete and misleading, although what is stated is correct. Only residents who live within the BID district (basically commercial downtown) would get to vote but would not be required to pay. They are included in the voting process because the BID can affect things in the district where they live. A master plan of how the money would be spent must be created by the constituents and recorded with the state before the election could take place. The BID assessment would be on commercial properties and could be passed through to the businesses depending on what their lease with the landlord says. Monies from this assessment would be controlled by constituents through a representative board of property owners within the district. The money would directly benefit those pay through increased property values and increased vitality within the district.


pitpoodle 5 years, 3 months ago

"The money would directly benefit those pay through increased property values and increased vitality within the district."
Increased property values insures higher property taxes (that will be passed on to the businesses) and you cannot guarantee increased vitality for the businesses you want to tax. The people who own the property and the businesses would be nuts to vote for another tax at this time. Tracy, do not promise a direct benefit when you know you can't deliver. Let's just put these people out of business now, why wait?


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