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This unnecessary expense is sure to be a catalyst for the sun setting of this tax in five years!! It really goes against the spirit of the additional 1/4% sales tax sold to the voters. While the Pilot promotes affordable housing, pocket parks, etc. etc. the local population is hurt by higher sales taxes as the "wish list" gets bigger and bigger. We can only hope the city is out-bid for this property by private interests who plan on developing it into another sales tax generating commercial use? . . . . I'm with Martha on this and give kudos to the Council Members who just said no!!
We are on the same page, Scott. Less govt interference in our lives vis a vis home childcare regulations. However, membership in the Chamber is a choice, paying taxes is not (if you want to maintain your home, business, lifestyle, etc). If the members of the Chamber vote to allocate part of the yearly budget to affordable housing more power to them. BUT the tax paying public wants safe water, sewer pipes that don't leak, roads without pot holes and sidewalks so one can walk on Oak Street from 10th to 3rd without fear of being hit by cars or bikes, etc. We are all better served by having to pay less sales tax than the Council figuring out how to spend all the money they receive.
Agree with all the above comments and would further add it is NOT the responsibility of City Council to even address this issue at all!! If businesses are having a hard time finding the work force they need to conduct business it is THEIR responsibility to deal directly with the employees they have, ie: providing child care or transportation allowances if the employee is valuable to the operation. I find it odd that no specific examples of businesses affected are even cited in this editorial.
How about if the city just pursued all the lodging tax owed by owners using their homes/condos for short term rentals, like VRBO listings, etc. I am sure that would add up to thousands of $$.
Amen, Pat! Sorry I participated in an off topic conversation to the detriment of posters interested in comments pertaining to the story only!
Is it lack of sunshine, too little fiber in your diet or just early onset dementia that drives these comments containing an astounding amount of paranoia? I am sorry to be so blunt but moderation on both sides of issues is the ONLY thing that will keep this country moving forward---even at a slow pace. And once again your and other comments are totally off the topic of the article so I am calling it out! But, as long as we are off topic I read recently (and I will try and pull up the reference) that a full 55% of Americans, including myself, view themselves as independent voters--socially more liberal, ie: govt needs to stay out of the bedroom, and fiscally conservative, ie: no raising the debt ceiling without compromises on spending. The current POTUS has lost his "mojo" so is lame duck at best. The idea that he will be effective in driving his liberal agenda for the next 3 years is absurd. He is now in a position of playing"small ball" like trying to raise the minimum wage instead of addressing the bigger, more important issue of tax reform and speaks volumes about his current lack of popularity. At least a conservative had the nerve to propose sweeping tax reform against the judgement of his peers on both sides of the aisle. Communism? Go for a walk in the sunshine and re-think your comment . . . . .
Obviously, people calculate costs differently. Plus all the other advantages of driving to the front range for shopping, sporting events, visiting friends/family, entertainment venues not to mention picking up and taking guests back to DIA who have also found it is too expensive to fly into HDN.
1) Many Steamboat residents have friends/family in the Denver metro area to visit. In addition, the savings/choice of shopping in a big metro area are draws.
2) Trust of reliability of a larger airport. If you have been burned in HDN one or more times, you do not even consider taking yet another risk of missing a connecting flight.
3) Convenience of flight times. There are not enough flight opportunities for connections with other flights without long layovers. The inconvenience of not having a car in Denver if your flight in HDN is delayed makes the drive to Denver less stressful.
4) Fear of flying smaller planes over the Continental Divide. One bad flight experience over the Continental Divide in a small plane is enough to make the drive to Denver more appealing.
5) Cost, cost, cost
There will be no gun seizing!
While the testosterone in the audience is exploring their inner grouse I will be exploring puff daddy on the the dance floor--you know getting ready for my male in the lek!
For crying out loud, why must every discussion get OFF TOPIC. This info blurb from the paper is nothing more than an activity announcement. Maybe next time the paper should just file this type of activity in the Happenings section other than 99.9% of the population have never heard of a lek so maybe it required a bit more explanation. Biodiversity, Fred, is not even in the conversation---plus snakes slither every dam* day, not once a year so your analogy is ridiculous!
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