Would you support a bond issue this fall to build a $30 million community recreation center at Ski Town Fields?

Yes 110 votes

35.48%

No 200 votes

64.52%

310 total votes

Comments

Gadfly 7 years, 3 months ago

I couldn't possibly respond to this question without knowing how the City plans to pay for the annual maintenance of this Pepsi Center-sized facility. If you build it, will they pay to use it?

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ajrw40 7 years, 3 months ago

what is being built at the bus center? Should we not have combined it all. How much will this cost the homeowner?

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Socrates 7 years, 3 months ago

If you want information about the real numbers and the real issues go to City Council TONIGHT and get the actual numbers, locations and facts.

$30 million pays for everything on the community's wish lists while meeting multiple needs.

There are other smaller options that address needs in our community. A recreation center could support all members of our community; families, youth, seniors, active people.

Building at Ski Town Park allows for the possibility of a partnership with Intrawest, good traffic options, and the ability to attract tourism to help offset operating expenses.

The more we disenfranchise working families the faster the "community" and "small town character" of Steamboat will flee to more hospitable areas and then all that we will have left is a really beautiful enclave full of expensive cars, homes and restaurants and people scratching their heads wondering how come we look and taste just like Aspen/Jackson/Telluride.

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corduroy 7 years, 4 months ago

can someone explain better where "ski town fields" is? I've never heard of it. Thanks!

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elphaba 7 years, 4 months ago

Is this a misprint or is this really THIRTY (30) MILLION????

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WZ4EVER 7 years, 3 months ago

I remember "the good old days" when Kevin Bennet was rightiously indignant at the "all girl" council approving $12 million in one evening. This current bunch is going to finish their terms having spent more like $50 million. Gadzooks.

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ffv 7 years, 3 months ago

Ski town field (which is near the tennis bubble) is one option under consideration. I believe the Pilot is just trying to gauge how much the town is willing to spend on such a facility. There are multiple sites/options being considered each with various price points and corresponding features.

The town needs this as we are running out of space for after-school programs, need a teen center, and we don't have adequate indoor (gym, pool, racquetball, etc) facilities for the general public. Last year the price was $18M but council didn't want to bring the issue before the voters. So, if we don't build it soon think of how much it will be in the future.

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marathon 7 years, 3 months ago

IF YOU ADDED UP WHAT KEVIN BENNET SPENT UNDERNEATH HIS REIGN -YOU WOULD GAG!!!! THAT WAS ONE POWER HUNGRY IDIOT OUT OF CONTROL- MUST BE OK BECAUSE IT WAS HIS IDEA - KEVIN DIDN'T APPROVE OF ANYTHING THAT WASN'T HIS IDEA - ESPECIALLY IF IF CAME FROM A GIRL - BUT LETS MOVE ON - THIS COUNCIL IS OUT OF CONTROL - NO LEADERSHIP OR UNDERSTANDING OF ECONOMICS - THEY JUST ALL HAVE THEIR PERSONAL AGENDAS - HAS ANYONE WONDERED WHAT A CONFLICT OF INTEREST IT IS FOR KEN TO BE SO INVOVLED IN THIS RECREATIONAL DISCUSSION????

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dave mcirvin 7 years, 3 months ago

Do the youth in town truely need an expensive rec center? Have the seniors voiced their input what would be fiscally imperative? Compared to when I was a kid growing up on the west coast, the current facilities in the town of Stbt are the equivalent of having Disneyland each and every day right outside your door.

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secretshopper 7 years, 3 months ago

It was very informative to go to this meeting last night. I want to thank Mike Lawrence for clarifing the costs of a new rec center. 30-40 million dollars.

I hope that the new survey will honestly and accurately portray the cost of this stucture, so not to trick voters into a rec center. Futhermore, the language on the ballot needs to be clearly worded so people can accurately understand just how much money it takes to build (not to mention sustain!) such a facility, with no financial surprises to come up after the vote (if it passes).

I fear with such change going on in Steamboat Springs that we've become caught up in all the hype.

There is so much that Steamboat Springs has to offer my family for recreation (too much to list) and all I hear is "we need". "We need" to be fiscally responsible and spend our tax dollars on things like education, affordable housing, the environment, and creative ways to entice and retain quality employees. Those are real "needs." 30-40 MILLION DOLLARS for a new rec center.

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Bullpen 7 years, 3 months ago

Well, now that Steamboat has gotten so rich and important, don't they DESERVE a 30 million dollar facility? At least think about the kids, some of them have only a couple of options for places to go after school, (not a one of them a project over 2 million, shamefully enough) and lord knows that they can't just go willy nilly out into the woods, those woods are full of gangs, and bears, and they are woefully undercapitalized!!

With any luck, they will build a center so big that the gravity of the thing sucks in the rest of town, and we can start over. I might pay for that.

Cheers!

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buck 7 years, 3 months ago

A rec center for a town of 10,000 will cost $40 million. That is $40,000 for every person that lives in Steamboat. Considering my wife and I will not use it, someone else is benefitting $120,000 just for the facility to exist. Considering the City's very recent past on staying within 200-300 percent of the budget, cost per capita will actually be much greater, not to mention the operating costs, which are sure to be in the red. Steamboat is quickly becoming a town for the rich and its servants, with no middle class.

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secretshopper 7 years, 3 months ago

Let's look at what we already have and be greatful we have it! Let's think for ourselves and see past the hype. Let's get the real cost. Let's get it on the ballot accuratly and clearly. Let's not let Old Town Hot Springs go under (and they will if it's built), Let's defeat this rec center.

It will go to a vote, the city has spent much money with these consultants (who have done a good job investagating, but have not clearly given us good costs). The only way will be to vote.

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