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The City manager is Council's ONLY employee...if they don't feel like they have the right guy (just like the last Council did), then they should replace him. The only problem with the last bunch was the manner (or rather, the lack of manners) in which they terminated Paul Hughes. If you want another manager, go get one. Its your prerogative, just don't be jerks about it like Brenner's bunch was.
I guess so, but that still seems like a lot. The City is way worse off as far as that goes.
FORTY SEVEN MILLION in investments? Does it strike anyone that is a lot of money for a rural county government to have? Why don't they sell some of that to fix the roads that the Commissioners wanted higher taxes for? I think the County is collecting WAY TOO much if they can create a $47.5 investment fund. Lower our mill levies or spend it on roads.
No wonder the County acts wealthy (take a look at the Courthouse renovations). They are!
This might be a good time to revisit the consolidation of the Fire District and the City Fire Department, with a property tax covering all Fire and EMS. If the District, with its separately elected officials, were the controlling entity (not the City), I bet it would work - with a new SSRFPD Board, new City Council, (maybe a new City Manager?). The SSRFPD could take over all of these services, free up tax-cash in the City, and have all users pay their own way through a property tax which includes the City.
Unfortunately, Brenner doesn't have to carry Routt County to win. Those of us who know what he really is and what his personal moral and ethical standards are need to make sure the other counties find out. He touts his ranching heritage and "hard work" on the ranch - ask a real rancher what they think of Ken, ask them about his water grab for the City, ask them about the City's new ability to regulate farming practices in the County. We taxpayers paid to train this guy with all those nights in swanky Denver hotels, dinners, mileage and per diem payments, not to mention the perks he has enjoyed (or tried to...golf, ski passes, all that). Ask some of the long-time Democrats here about how he tried to keep Diane off the ballot for County Commissioner. Does anyone think that a guy like this will actually STAND for anything important to this district in the face of big-city lobbyists and all the opportunity for "gifts"? I am looking forward to spreading the word
Did candidate Brenner have to pay to get this advertisement in the paper? Or is another free-ride, hand-out thing? Can't wait for the campaign!!
If you want to see some really scary "subsidies" take the same hard look at Howelsen Hill, the Tennis Center, and yes, even the golf course (and be sure to include the lodging tax dollars as a subsidy). The City "subsidy" per person using those facilities is much bigger than the airport.
Public facilities are ALWAYS supported by the broader population. I don' play golf, use Bob Adams very infrequently, haven't been on Howelsen for years, and don't play tennis even....but agree that these facilities are important to the community and worth my support.
As a person who has had a few things built over the years around here as a consumer (I'm not a builder) I can't imagine that anyone would think the RoCo Building Department is 1. incompetent or 2. taking ANY bribes. I think those guys do a great job (and take more than their fair share of grief) under tough conditions. I've had them correct my contractor a time or two, and in both instances, they were right and my guys were ultimately glad they were paying attention. I think this is a money and power grab left over from the past Council and Lanning hasn't figured out who is the boss now. Dust of the resume, Alan. Council - keep it the way its been. It's the right thing for the City.
Anyone out there remember the Gunn Brothers? They're baaack....at least in spirit.
That whole neighborhood seems to endlessly attract scams and con games. Whoo-hooo.
After reading about how we're stuck with the debt etc., I was wondering about how that is legal under TABOR? Perhaps someone who follows these posts and is smarter about this than me can answer that - how can the City Council strap us to a debt that we can't get out of short of default yet avoid a public vote? Can that possiby be legal under TABOR?
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