Steamboat Springs City Council and Routt County Board of Commissioners to discuss county’s opposition to downtown URA
February 11, 2013
Steamboat Springs — During a joint meeting Tuesday night, the Steamboat Springs City Council and the Routt County Board of Commissioners will discuss the commissioners’ opposition to a new potential funding mechanism for downtown improvements.
The council also will weigh a proposal from the commissioners to split the cost of new air pollution monitoring equipment.
The commissioners last month sent the council a letter saying they would not support the creation of a new urban renewal authority that would use tax incremental financing to fund public improvements downtown, including projects on Yampa and Oak streets. A downtown revitalization committee is pursuing the URA.
According to the commissioners, individual taxpayers in Routt County already pay higher property tax bills because of the mountain URA that funded the promenade at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area and the daylighting of Burgess Creek.
Also Tuesday night, the City Council will hold a regular meeting and attempt to lay out a clear set of goals and expectations for the next city manager. Before they postponed the search for Jon Roberts’ permanent replacement last month, council members said they wanted to lay out the goals and expectations for the job.
They also passed on tapping a search firm to start looking for candidates. Deb Hinsvark, who was deputy city manager at the time of Roberts’ resignation, is serving as interim city manager.
Tuesday’s meeting starts at 5 p.m. in Centennial Hall.