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Steamboat’s 5A for Homes campaign raises $26K

The Yampa Valley Housing Authority is seeking a 10-year, one-mill property tax to help it develop more workforce housing like this apartment building.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — After raking in more than $26,000 in contributions and knocking on more than 2,000 doors, leaders of the 5A for Homes campaign said they are cautiously optimistic about the ballot initiative's chances heading into the final weekend of voting.

"We've gotten very positive feedback so far from the community meetings and knocking on doors," campaign member Jon Quinn said Friday. "We are cautiously optimistic it's the right message at the right time."

The campaign is promoting a ballot measure that would use a one-mill property tax levy to create a dedicated funding source for the development of low-income, seasonal and permanently affordable housing.

A campaign finance report filed Friday shows the campaign has received $26,255 in contributions, including $6,430 worth of non-monetary contributions such as donated office space for the campaign efforts.

Quinn, whose company Northwest Data Services donated $500 as well as the office space to the campaign, said the fundraising committee reached its goals.

The biggest single contributor to the campaign is Steamboat philanthropist Sara Craig-Scheckman, who wrote a $10,000 check for the effort.

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The campaign also received donations from small business owners, health and human service leaders and two of the city's elected officials.

Notable contributions included $1,000 checks from Yampa Valley Electric Association CEO Diane Johnson and Vistana, the new owners of the Sheraton Steamboat Resort.

Sheraton CEO Dan Pirrallo, who has spoken about the challenges of finding housing for his seasonal employees and even housed them at his own home, also gave $100.

Steamboat Springs City councilwoman and Yampa Valley Housing Authority board member Kathi Meyer was among the top donors with an $880 contribution.

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., which is putting bunk beds in its employee housing units this year and contemplating offering housing subsidies to help its employees find other places to live in a tight rental market, did not contribute to the campaign as a company.

But the resort's housing manager is on the 5A campaign committee and personally donated $100 to the campaign.

Quinn said ski area officials said they have a policy of not taking a position on any ballot initiatives.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email scottfranz@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10.

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