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So very sorry about your grave family crisis, John. Prayers to you and family. No one would have worked harder on behalf of the citizens than you!!
I think you are sadly mistaken if you think the voters who vote no are against the trails. They are most likely against the 10 year commitment and/or funding improvements on Yampa Street. It is a toss up if this passes or fails, but if it fails I fully expect the new Council to dedicate all or at least a high % of the tax to trails for a 2 to 4 year period. Of course we know who pays the tax--no need to "shout" it out!!!
Could not agree with you more on this issue--I love the trails as do my out-of-town friends. It was a real pleasure to meet you this summer, Eric, in Cow Creek and your passion is obvious. However, a 10 year commitment is too long, especially as a new Council is seated in November. How can we possibly see what the latest "trend" in tourism draws is going to be 5 years from now, much less 10 years from now. Remember the travel $$ lie with the "baby boom" generation and how active are we going to be on Emerald Mountain and elsewhere in the Yampa Valley in 2023. Let us never forget this is OPM even if the tourists are footing the bill!! If this measure fails as it may, believe me, City Council will spend the money--most likely on trails a few projects at a time. We elect them to be good stewards of the money and committing the money for 10 years just makes Council's life easier as they do not have to do the "hard work" necessary to review worthy projects every 2 to 4 years.
Exactly, Steve. It has been my contention all along that at least 50% of the accommodation tax should be set aside for maintenance of all the amenities we have in town from Rodeo Grounds to Trails to Golf Course, River improvements, etc. that attract the tourists to this town and are publically owned. This will free up sales tax $$ to fund much needed infrastructure improvements like storm drains. Maybe all of Parks and Rec should be funded from accommodation tax. All visitors I know love our parks and public spaces. How about necessities like public restrooms and additional parking downtown for convenience of tourists. Can't the recent flood teach us a lesson up here about funding priorities??
During debates for District 1 this will be an important question to ask the candidates. I will also be interested in how Scott Ford feels about this issue. Tourists are attracted to the Yampa Valley for a lot more than just the trails and river so 10 years is too long a commitment. Doesn't Council have the ability to look at budgeting the accommodation tax every year? Can't it be used for maintenance of the existing City amenities that also attract tourists including Rodeo grounds, ice rink, tennis, golf, baseball fields, etc? Seems to me those existing amenities should be kept in tip top shape with accommodation tax freeing up infrastructure $$ from sales tax collection to complete deferred needs like sewer, water, bridge, streets, burying utility lines etc.
Perfect, Dan!! A modified flat tax is where it's at!!
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Thanks, Tyler! 100% right on the mark. The only downside is there is a leadership vacuum in both parties. Perhaps good timing for an independent party to emerge . . .
Thanks, John for taking the time to educate me!! I have never laid awake nights worrying about Yellowstone or any other natural disaster but it sure amazes me how we are sooo focused on "global warming" when humans have no control over geological events that effect the weather , earth and all the flora and fauna.
I am not a geologist, but am fascinated by the super volcano known as Yellowstone National Park. I understand from my readings that in terms of geological history it is
500,000 years late for the next big "blow". If that is the case, I am glad I live at "ground zero" because that will certainly put us in the "nuclear winter" for many millennia. Is what I have been reading your understanding as well, John? Bottom line, we are mere nothings in terms of what the earth has been and will be doing forever.
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