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Shame on you Council for even thinking this is a legitimate way to spend taxpayer dollars in these hard economic times. Dozens of people are losing their jobs, homes and running out of unemployment benefits in our community. How about an update on the budget in light of rapidly increasing fuel costs. What about the snow removal line item after this long winter? How about SAVING some money for necessary expenses. Perhaps continued cut backs at the city/county are necessary just like private employers are faced with.
This should wait at least 2 years, maybe longer. Right now we are amidst a teetering set of critical circumstances: from the recession and volatile energy markets, to a continuing drop in local property values and the flood of foreclosures, which has in turn decimated the construction economy.
Most of the area plan applies to matters of GROWTH, and for better or worse, that's just not going to happen anytime soon. That means the ideas put into a plan update now will sit dormant anyway. We can easily wait, to navigate a smarter course informed by the emerging trends of the next few years.
There is some value with updating. We could benefit with a reconsidered focus on self sufficiency and sustainability. The transportation concepts should be expanded to consider our links with Denver, I-70, and even with Salt Lake City. The future of regional rail, though distant, should have a place in this document.
But we can move on issues like these now, regardless of whether we have installed them in a "plan".
We obviously, via SB700's defeat, have taken a near term detour from our annexation plans. SSCAP Section 13-10, "West of Steamboat Springs Planning Area Goals and Policies", and the West of Steamboat Springs Area Plan do need revision. But again, who can pretend that they know today how to revise these?
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