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I couldn't agree more that the city should hire from within. Steamboat Springs is a unique resort town with a western heritage and a demographic that is nothing like the average American city. It takes someone that lives here because they love Steamboat Springs to understand this unique balance. Craig Robinson has lived here for more then 20 years and has been working for the Parks and Recreation Department for most of them. Unless he does not want the job for some reason, I can think of no one more qualified then Craig to fill the position of Parks and Recreation Director. Having worked with the Parks & Recreation department for many years, I have had many disagreements with Craig but he always listens, is fair and has shown great fiscal responsibility. Craig could seamlessly fill the position with no training and, if he applied, the city should consider itself fortunate to have such a qualified, local candidate. This is my official endorsement of Craig Robinson for the position of Parks and Recreation Director.
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?
wouldn't it be nice if your assertion were true, that we, The Trails Alliance,"were in the same position as Senate Democrats to play hardball and win the issue" but alas we are volunteers of a non-profit that were limited to a three minute comment period during city counsel meetings and were never given the chance to re-comment after ballot language was discussed. I see this as a great flaw in the way counsel meetings are conducted. Our comments can only be made at the beginning of the topic discussion and we were not allowed to comment after hearing counsels discussion of the matter at hand. Although we see many problems with the ballot language there was compromise that took place that ultimately is better then the alternative. The ten year commitment allows us to plan long term for trail projects that require an environmental study process, a public comment process, a design process, a bid process and the actual building of each project. Without a multi-year commitment there is little incentive for land managers to work with us on these multi-year projects.
None of us are naive about the fact that there will be a steering committee that decides what projects are prioritized and when. But we have been assured, and will insist, that all steering committee meetings will be open to the public and that we will have some say as to the members of such a committee.
You have so much to say now but never showed up at a single one of the city counsel meetings where your comments could have had a positive effect. Instead you draw worst case scenarios to sabotage the hard work of others.
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.
It always amazes me how the most uninformed and uneducated on a subject often have the most to say about it. To say that the accommodation tax is taken at gunpoint is asinine. The voters and taxpayers of Steamboat Springs approved this tax in 1986 and I have never heard of anyone booking a vacation to Steamboat because someone was holding them at gunpoint. Nor have I yet to hear anyone from the lodging community complain about the 1% tax that the "jack-booted tax collectors" (residents of Steamboat Springs) approved and voted for. To those voting "no" on 2A, I would like to know what your alternative is. But please, before you suggest things like sewer or road improvements, read the original Accommodations Tax ballot language (http://steamboatsprings.net/DocumentCenter/View/2547) and educate yourself as to what the tax can and cannot be used for and who pays for it. And remember, the tax will be collected even if 2A does not pass. At that point city counsel will have the discretion to spend it as they see fit and as they interpret the ballot language. Or the whole process could start over and wast a bunch of the city's tax dollars trying to pass the same, or another, referendum next year.
Thank you Jack V for educating yourself and writing such a thoughtful commentary. Don't be discouraged by the ignorant and thoughtless comments of adults with a lesser intellect.
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