Scott Wedel

Scott Wedel 2 days, 14 hours ago on Bill would give Colorado counties more say in how cities form urban renewal authorities

Fred, Jerry,

It is far more insidious than normal taxing and spending because current system allows one government to spend the taxes that would normally go to another government.

It would be as if I could appoint myself the PR rep for Duckels Construction without Fred having any say and I get any increases in bulldozer usage for his company. What did I have to do to lay claim to that increase in revenues? Absolutely nothing other than declaring that the increase in revenues were due to me and so therefore those revenues are mine.

Now maybe if I had purchased a newer more efficient bulldozer for Duckels Construction then I could reasonably expect we agreed to share the revenues for that dozer. Which is close to what the state legislature is proposing.

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Scott Wedel 3 days ago on Bill would give Colorado counties more say in how cities form urban renewal authorities

Well, there is currently free money for cities forming URAs as those do not affect their tax revenues unless they have a property tax.

SB spent hundreds of thousands on improving a median using tax money otherwise destined for schools, etc. If SB had to put in their own tax revenues then there would have been far more debate whether a nicer median would result in substantial additional retail sales or lodging.

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Scott Wedel 3 days ago on Dr. Russ Fasolino: Expulsion is unethical

Ken,

On school grounds the school officials do not need probable cause. They pretty much can do as they wish by claiming they are protecting other students.

It isn't accurate to say that none have died from mj. Coroner's inquest in England concluded that a young woman's heart attack had heavy mj usage as a contributing factor. Previous coroner inquests have blamed mj in a few deaths of men. So it is not zero mj deaths, but a small few.

According to the school district's own survey, if they consistently enforced their substance abuse rules then they'd lose about a third of their students.

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Scott Wedel 3 days ago on What could go where Staples is leaving?

SB may have good demographics, but it is not a city of 50,000.

If you look at the chain retailers that are expanding and want a building of that size then you'll see they are expanding in much larger cities.

Maybe it could be a retail mj shop with production facilities in the back.

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Scott Wedel 3 days, 3 hours ago on Dr. Russ Fasolino: Expulsion is unethical

The standard is not perfect equality. It is as if they sentenced one bank robber to 20 years and are refusing to investigate every other bank robbery in town. The issue isn't being unable to catch others, but willfully ignoring others that are violating the same laws.

And your comment about the doctor is so idiotic that it answers itself. The whole point is that the school district has not be treating these as hard and fast rules, and the punishment far exceeds the severity of the infraction. Overall, I think the doctor gained more support for showing common sense.

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Scott Wedel 3 days, 3 hours ago on Steamboat Springs School Board hears presentation on strategic planning

And the Superintendent couldn't cut and paste those objectives, but had to hire a consultant friend? Seems to me that any pay to that sort of consultant should be deducted from Meek's salary.

Have to hate how hard it is for school district to find money for classroom programs or to support athletics, but so easy to find money for consultant friends to state the obvious.

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Scott Wedel 3 days, 15 hours ago on What could go where Staples is leaving?

John,

That merger would probably be easy enough to say is anti-competitive in two grocery store cities such as SB. And thus, they would be strongly encouraged to sell those stores to another grocery chain such as Whole Foods.

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Scott Wedel 3 days, 15 hours ago on Bill would give Colorado counties more say in how cities form urban renewal authorities

How the legislation could impact a new URA in Steamboat isn't exactly clear yet because the city still is in the research phase of the project.

Well, the legislation would quickly reveal whether city of SB is willing to put city money where their mouths are. Whether they believe their own hype and are prepared to bet city revenues that the URA will result in more sales taxes than would naturally increase.

Overall, the legislation seems to be so obvious fixing a problem of letting cities essentially spend other districts tax revenues that there is no good reason besides city government greed to oppose it. Makes no sense that a city can declare an URA that costs them nothing, but takes millions from local schools, local fire district, local libraries and the county and state.

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Scott Wedel 3 days, 16 hours ago on Dr. Russ Fasolino: Expulsion is unethical

Mark,

So then where are all the expulsions for students that smell of tobacco smoke when returning from lunch and have cigarettes in their car which they shared with other students? I've seen high school kids get out of a car smoking cigarettes so if school officials have to be willfully blind to not notice it.

To suggest the school is treating all prohibited substances the same is obviously not true.

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Scott Wedel 3 days, 17 hours ago on Dr. Russ Fasolino: Expulsion is unethical

Pot usage has been around 5% claiming to have used it in the past month and 50% claiming to have tried it during their lifetime.

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