Steve Lewis: Yampa trust broken
February 3, 2014
I do not understand recent articles wherein a committee is deciding how Yampa Street should spend their $900,000 in proceeds from the accommodations tax. I think Yampa Street should do what they told the voters they would do.
The Steamboat Pilot & Today's Oct. 16, 2013 Election Guide on Referendum 2A: "The $900,000 contribution from the lodging tax would be used to purchase a property at Yampa and Seventh streets to convert into a park. It then would be up to downtown business owners to secure the funding for the remainder of the project."
The 2A proponents' advertisement in that same Election Guide: "Your YES vote dedicates the funds to Acquisition of Yampa Riverfront park space."
These support a 2A description I received from a Yampa Riverpark contact in September: "This allocation of funds is limited and specifically dedicated only for the purchase of the land at 7th and Yampa. This allows us to have land for a bridge over Yampa someday. Maintenance of this simple land area will reside with the owner — the city. Our next efforts include additional efforts to raise funds to create the promenade. This will take time. The landowners along Yampa will pay this maintenance."
I copied the city of Steamboat Springs and Mainstreet Steamboat Springs on the 2A description above. Both acknowledged it. If the text was not going to be true, why was there no correction?
Trust is a precious commodity. Particularly so, as downtown stakeholders approach a vote to tax themselves in a Business Improvement District.
What you say before a vote should matter after the vote.