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I think people need to be able to say no to the high school at this time without rejecting the acquisition of the prime site, which may very well be where the new high school is built when we finally really do need it.And where a new elementary school can be built next year.
Yes please Scott B, let's not tie the land purchase to the high school construction plan. There are other potential ways we might decide to add capacity immediately, thus a good chance the 100 million plan will not receive approval. Please place at least two bonds on the ballot.
It is my understanding that the developer will manage the property, collect the rents, and in fact be the owner. The housing authority retains a fraction of ownership in order to maintain eligibility for the initial and ongoing tax credits and exemptions.
If government is to be involved in creating special conditions for certain developers in order to keep the price of the product low, perhaps a different approach could be tried. Instead of giving them money, give them exemptions from regulations.
I realize we are basically stuck with a system that subsidizes living costs for select individuals, it is unlikely to be changed soon or easily. The great appeal of this project is that there is Federal funding, OPM from all over, not just local dollars.
My biggest objection remains that ongoing subsidy of property tax exemption for what is essentially a private concern. IMHO we should also not allow properties such as Fish Creek Park be withdrawn from the tax base by being purchased by the housing authority..
There is an effect of thousands of others. Because the housing authority retains a fraction of ownership, there will be no property tax to support schools, library, roads etc. The thousands of others will pay that share as well as their own.
I agree that we should expand the district to include Stagecoach. So many students there go to Steamboat schools it only makes sense. It seems that including the rest of south Routt would be beneficial too, but the residents there might resist from a legitimate desire to keep the control closer to home.
The construction of an elementary school there is less desirable than it would be in many other situations as so many commute to Steamboat for work and bring the kids along, even prefer having them close at the end of the school day for Boys and Girls Club, Winter Sports Club, hockey, etc.
The site is unequaled for school expansion, right in the middle between town and the future growth area. Whether it gets a high school first or an elementary first, we need this so serve our future growth.
Lets put forth a scenario that plans for complete utilization of the site, then decide on the phasing, may well be we build the elementary school first.
Can anyone suggest an alternate online forum where we can re-post some of these discussions and not be at the mercy of crybabies and easily bullied forum operators?
If it is a mistake it is only by a mater of a fairly short time frame. It may well be that we don't need a new high school right now, unless we decide to use the existing building as a middle school. And the middle school as a primary school, etc.
I do not have a great deal of confidence in demographic projections, unless they are fairly general and have numerous caveats. They can give an "if this, then that", but they cannot actually predict which future conditions will develop.
In my opinion the most significant factor will be whether the local governmental regulations and ffee schedules will allow development to proceed at a reasonable pace and cost. If the 700 had been a more gradually implemented proposal but still showed the master plan of the mixed density, walk-able, light commercial inclusions, etc, and was presently building, they would be selling as fast as they were erected.
Such a project would also have an effect on prices in west Steamboat, making those family friendly homes more affordable. And there would be little debate about whether the proposed new school site is suitable.
If we create a development friendly conditions we will certainly have many more families here.
I wonder if when you get the ax they send you a note and perhaps an explanation or if you just find you can't log in.
Still lots of room in Stagecoach, Milner, Hayden, Oak Creek that is not escalating in price. People all over the country drive that far and more regularly.
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