Gaylan Hellyer

Gaylan Hellyer 2 weeks ago on Steamboat Springs marijuana industry continues to grow in 2016

I've been told schools get one or the other because of TABOR. Regular Funds? or MJ sales tax but not both.

Also this is from Wikipedia regarding TABOR: "When Colorado voters passed the law that decriminalized marijuana, the voters approved using tax money generated from marijuana sales for schools, police, and drug education. However, the tax money might end up not being used for any of those programs. The Taxpayer's Bill of Rights restrains the state’s ability to tax and spend. As of April 2015, projections for marijuana tax revenue for Colorado are at $58 million. But that money might have to be returned to taxpayers, due to the provisions in the state’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights."

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Gaylan Hellyer 2 weeks ago on Steamboat Springs marijuana industry continues to grow in 2016

So, are those tax revenue's staying in Steamboat or are they going to a state level? And why aren't our schools seeing a benefit from these collected tax revenue's? How does TABOR affect those tax revenue's collected locally?

Everyone keeps raving about the tax revenue's being collected but I haven't heard where those funds are being directed on a local level. Schools?

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Gaylan Hellyer 2 weeks, 3 days ago on Parents won't be charged with crime related to child's death

There have been many cases of child related shootings and the parents were cleared. It's a tragedy and I don't think they were treated any different than I would have been other than the fact that there were more agencies involved than normal. I have kids.......they are clever and can get into things faster than you think, especially toddlers.

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Gaylan Hellyer 2 weeks, 5 days ago on Parents won't be charged with crime related to child's death

Properly investigated or not. Charges or not. These parents will live with this the rest of their lives. They've already received a life sentence. It was a tragic accident. Not all accidents require further action.

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Gaylan Hellyer 2 months ago on Our view: Permanent kindergarten funding fix

My kids attended Soda Creek Elementary 11 or so years ago and FULL DAY kindergarten was not even an option. I paid for them to attend Discovery Learning Center in the mornings and then they were bussed over to the school after lunch for half day public kindergarten. So the fact that the school district was able to make full day kindergarten even possible is a bonus. The full day program is a privilege and if it strains the school district budget then I understand the need to charge for a full-day program while 1/2 day kindergarten is still covered. The school district is still charging less than other private programs in the community.

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Gaylan Hellyer 3 months, 3 weeks ago on City Council calls first dibs on free concert tickets, VIP passes

Point being: They are offered the perks and have passed them along in the past. It is their right to opt to use them. Last I looked, passes are still available and the purchase price goes towards the Free Concert Series funding. I'd pay extra to sit in a non-smoking section.

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Gaylan Hellyer 3 months, 4 weeks ago on Steamboat Springs City Council sued over downtown apartment decision

When you are dropping down on Lincoln from the library or from the college, notice the views of town and the openness. Now-imagine a large apartment building in that spot. It blocks the views across looking towards Emerald Mountain. It was mentioned before that it had to be a certain size to make the project cost effective, so maybe this isn't the right spot for this project. And on another note: How many people living in the 'new' residential buildings downtown complain about the late night noise? Seems that there are always noise complaints. I am happy to see that someone is challenging this project. There are two new projects on the west side of town that are 'apartment' buildings. One right past Napa and the other just breaking ground on Elk River Road across from YVEA which will be affordable.

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Gaylan Hellyer 4 months, 2 weeks ago on How do you plan to deal with summer construction delays on Colorado Highway 9?

I drive down and back a few times a week. That bridge needs some major attention. But didn't know they were working on it - there wasn't any sign of pending work on Saturday.

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Gaylan Hellyer 4 months, 2 weeks ago on Council to revote Tuesday on pot shop move

There has been such a push to bring to light and educate this community of the rampant opiate and prescription drug abuse. And we are telling kids that underage drinking is bad and parents who contribute are hit with stiff penalties. So how is moving a pot shop to a more public location to increase business setting a good example? Are we teaching capitalism trumps common sense regardless of the effects on the community. And this can be applied to a number of businesses opening up around town.

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Gaylan Hellyer 4 months, 2 weeks ago on Council to revote Tuesday on pot shop move

Problem is that people do 'violate' the laws. And packaged MJ still stinks. And even though it's illegal to smoke in public people still do. Unlike when people drink in public, smoking affects everyone around them. I find it interesting the number of high school kids who are sitting in their vehicles stuck at the light by the post office who think they are so sneaky blowing smoke out a cracked window........like the rest of us don't know what they are doing. But when my car starts smelling like pot because the kids next to me are blowing so much out the window then it is affecting me. Same concept will apply to the area around Curve Plaza. There are a lot of businesses there and a lot of foot traffic. Yes it legal, but that doesn't mean it has to be front and center in our town. Lets leave that for other Colorado towns. Steamboat for the most part is a grounded family community and I don't feel we should lose sight of our family values. Steamboat is a great family ski area and I feel still draws more family tourist over single partiers. Now, I'm not saying everything is perfect but I don't see why there needs to be fuel added to the fire.

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