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To those planning on voting "no" on 2A, what is your alternative? Before you suggest sewer or street improvements, or more likely suggest something that will benefit you disproportionately over the common resident or visitor, please educate yourself as to the original ballot language: http://steamboatsprings.net/DocumentCenter/View/2547 so you know what the voter approved tax can and cannot be used for and who pays the tax.
Remember, this tax will be collected even if 2A is not passed.
Since there appears to be so many misinformed "no" voters with no desire to educate themselves, here is the ballot language that was voted on and Passed by the citizens of Steamboat Springs over 25 years ago.
“Shall the City Council of Steamboat Springs, in order to provide revenues to fund development of improvements and amenities in Steamboat Springs which will promote tourism and enhance the vitality of Steamboat Springs as a premiere destination resort, and enhance the community identity, environmental desirability and economic health of Steamboat Springs, enact AN ORDINANCE LEVYING A LODGING TAX OF 1% ON PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS OF LESS THAN 30 DAYS?”
Again, what is your alternative?
I think you are sadly mistaken if you think the voters who vote no are against the trails. They are most likely against the 10 year commitment and/or funding improvements on Yampa Street. It is a toss up if this passes or fails, but if it fails I fully expect the new Council to dedicate all or at least a high % of the tax to trails for a 2 to 4 year period. Of course we know who pays the tax--no need to "shout" it out!!!
Unfortunately council cannot dedicate the money for 2-4 years to trails. If 2A fails (likely by the reasons Cindy pointed out), the most council can do is dedicate 2014 money. Extending the core trail and other higher dollar projects will likely be crossed off the projects list as they would require more than one years funding. Steamboat will likely not finish the full application (that has preliminary approval) bringing in $1,000,000 in matching funds for the legacy ranch core trail extension. If it does, it will be locals picking up the tab, instead of those around the state that contribute to GOCO dollars.
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