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Sometimes the simple things, are difficult to accomplish. UNIGOV approach for services works very well. However our local government turf wars will never follow the path of reason.
County temples for Multimillion dollar over budget courthouses, competing with multimillion dollar City temples for law enforcement to chase bears show how our representatives blow dough.
Let's be clear on this, we must have multi million dollar court houses to procecute DUI'S AND DOGS AT LARGE. We need new multi million dollar police and fire stations in our parks to catch bears.
While our government officials are at it, let's give them 100% raises, with million dollar retirement packages. Go Harry Go!
We're optimistic of the ski mountain and base area sorely needed improvements.
The devil is always in the details and execution. Joe Krakum and city counsel's Steamboat Unbridled plan was surely a 20 million dollar boondoggle.
Steamboat Unbridled destroyed mountain retail, blew millions on a clunker gondola to nowhere for the benefit of bankrupt developers and the Ski Corp. URAC's self serving participants now are scratching their heads wondering what went wrong.
Thanks to their incompetence Steamboat is a second class experience. Travelers visiting Steamboat park more than a half mile from the disfunctional base area. HMM dumb idea or what.
All that was needed was a close in parking garage which would have drawn and retained traffic at the base area. It would have provided a better experience for families making the arduous pilgrimage to Steamboat for a $12000 experience for a family of four.
Duh the city could have charged for parking, payed back bonds, and earned sales tax income from viable mountain business. It's time to Bridle Steamboat's misguided government.
Stop the madness, never let people who can't make it in the private sector spend our money. Go Fred!
Fred is on target with hiring locally with our folks invested emotionally long term in the best for our students.
Our well meaning hard working school board members need to wake up and look at the reality of our educational quality. It is far from where it should be! Interim, rush to a decision to hire another outsider to run our education is a cop out. Take time go for a local and get it right.
Reward excellence, dump tenure, adjust compensation and benefits to reality. In a small county like Routt, the city and county need to consolidate services, equalize the property tax base or continue down the path of destroying our economy.
Fred is right on track. Steamboat grads are ill prepared for advanced education. While we have great people in our community, the union dumb's down the teachers, consistent with the NEA initiatives.
Government unions perpetuating tenure, liberal school years, kind pensions, little discipline have driven our educational system down in ranking relative to the world.
Wake up fish bowl, you get what you give. This school board needs to do more for our kids and less for a system delivering mediocrity. It is a privilege to teach our children, and our teachers want to do better but are not encouraged or allowed to do so.
We need year round education, teachers rewarded for excellence, and teachers weeded out for mediocrity. The governor indicated interest in consolidated school districts. This is an opportunity to upgrade for our kids.
See ya Shallee enjoy the wine! Stop with the madness of perpetuating mediocrity.
Wendy has been a great contributor to our community who we all should thank for her efforts.
Today is a new world, not friendly, more reality, of what needs to be done rather than what others want to be done at others expense.
The good news is when we are out of money fund for courthouses and city halls, forget about bike paths and recreation centers.
Buy some swat team gear.
The painful article & comments while accurate are encouraging as folks are finally seeing clearly. The more the merrier and this will effect change.
At our local level all we can do is stop the madness. Recognize we have well meaning public servants, but that is all they are. Few have meaningful business experience, thus the easy way out is tax and spend.
The only way to cut them off is to cut off their taxation. Voters did not authorize inexperienced public servants to spend millions on Courthouses, public buildings, over promised useless gondolas, the destruction of Ski Time Square & base area without bonded improvements with a tax and spend policy.
Local governmental failure to protect the voters is apparent, and pointed out by comments. County officials were overly zealous in the building department with small contractors. They let the big boys pull off public funded projects funds with no consequence for gondola substitution, or knock down of performing mountain property.
After buying an empty hotel, now our government wants outfitted swat teams, increased pensions & wages, with ill prepared kids from our school systems.
It is an honor and privilege for elected officials & government workers to serve our public. They are rewarded with superior benefits relative to our small business economy that supports them.
They have an obligation to perform with excellence which as we can see is coming up short. Keep talking, commenting and let them know there is a price for mediocrity. The public is tapped out, and just starting to let them know.
Let the big cities have the swat gear. Be proactive getting our people back to work. This is Steamboat think global, remember to act local !
Routt county and the city have a brilliant opportunity to serve the community by unified government for all area services including education.
The governor was kind enough to stop by and give us a heads up, there's no state money.
Pay attention servants, federal money is going away as well. Below is a link to an article by the former comptroller of the currency. Appreciate many of Obama's economic advisers are jumping ship.
US Finances Rank Near Worst in the World: Study
Published: Thursday, 24 Mar 2011 | 8:43 AM ET
By: Jeff Cox
CNBC.com Staff Writer
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The US ranks near the bottom of developed global economies in terms of financial stability and will stay there unless it addresses its burgeoning debt problems, a new study has found.
US Capitol Building with cash
In the Sovereign Fiscal Responsibility Index, the Comeback America Initiative ranked 34 countries according to their ability to meet their financial challenges, and the US finished 28th, said David Walker, head of the organization and former US comptroller general.
"We think it is important for the American people to understand where the United States is as compared to other countries with regard to fiscal responsibility and sustainability," Walker said in a CNBC interview. "Americans are used to rankings and they're used to ranking very high, but frankly in this area we rank very low."
While the news is bad, there is a bright side.
"Here's the good news: Some of the top countries had their own fiscal challenges, made reforms and now rank highly," Walker said. "If we adopt the recommendations of the National Fiscal Responsibility and Reform Commission or ones that have similar bottom-line impact, we move from 28 to 8."
As the US languishes near the bottom, these countries make up the top five: Australia, New Zealand, Estonia, Sweden, China and Luxembourg.
Walker acknowledged that some of the countries that rank ahead of the US do not have the same type of challenges.
But he said policymakers in Washington can learn much from countries like New Zealand, which faced a currency crisis and made the necessary reforms to get back to prosperity.
"First, they're arguing over the bar tab on the Titanic," Walker said. "We need to cut spending. Frankly we need to cut spending more than what has been talked about but over a longer period of time. But what's imperative is that we need to attach some conditions to increasing the debt ceiling limit that will bring back tough budget controls..."
Walker predicted the US will have a debt crisis "within the next two to three years" and implored Washington lawmakers to "wake up."
Steamboat - Routt County Governments are supposed to serve the voters as they are public servants aren't they?
Today's economic reality has a bright side as valuation taxation must adjust, and thus public servant spending.
Our proud hard working community was sadly served by County government that built a empty Taj Mahal overbudget Courthouse catering to the incarcerated and legal community.
City Government's misguided use of bond funds built their own Taj Mahal while destroying the mountain business community eroding tax base serving poorly conceived gondolas.
Now the base area is laid to waste with bonds failing, while Steamboat falls from the graceland of a top resort destination. The good news is with lower valuations thus lower property & sales tax revenues, our servants will have less to blow!
Aha, now our servants want to unleash the banked mil levies to make up their tax revenue shortfall. Hmm, doesn't that mean we'll pay higher taxes anyway!
Government just doesn't get it. Foreclosures up, values plummeting, property owners are struggling losing their net worth, so our servants want to tax them more! Great idea!
How about cutting government spending for an idea!
For an encore perhaps the servants can convert that gorgeous Courthouse to recreation center, and buy some used modulars for the Courthouse, attorneys and other public servants.
Did Routt county voters, and our guests vote for this kind of public service? Hasn't government shown, they just can't handle our money! Enough already with the banked mil levies, live with in the reality we all have to bear!
Governor Hickenlooper was kind enough to drop by with a sprinkle of reality. The state is upside down, and has no money for Routt. The Gov recommended consolidation and that's a breath of fresh air.
Perhaps it's time Routt County & Steamboat governments unify. Governmental efficiency could then be reinvested locally. Pay attention the world is showing you cannot tax your way to prosperity! Only to poverty!
It's great to hear everyone talking about Colorado's budget with the Governors visit. The notion of firing government employees to address budget cuts adding to the unemployment roles is ludicrous.
It's simple math, during the boom years our government paid themselves 42% over the private sector. Now like the private sector adjustment of 40% income loss, government needs to lead by rebalancing.
It's about leadership, the top paid government employees need to accept the largest cuts on a progressive basis, rather than fire the lowest paid workers, who tend to be the most productive.
People need time to adjust over a 5 year time frame to private sector pay levels. Should government employees find better private sector opportunity they should be free to move up with a portion of their vested retirement.
A sensible fair approach rather than layoffs of the lower paid would be to keep folks working while returning to a balanced budget. And yes Colorado people should dedicate a 1% income tax exclusively to roads, bridges and a portion to tourism promotion.
Our governor needs to lead, in addition to empowering local out of control local spending governments with Taj Ma Hall vacant Courthouses for the benefit of incarcerated folks. Great to have steamboatians finally paying attention!
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