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There are 13000 residents of Steamboat Springs, but there are 25,000 citizens of Routt County of which the residents are an integral part. For the paper to thumb their nose at our friends and neighbors who shop and work in town, to use Russell's word, is immoral. I am embarrassed to say the least and guilty by association by not campaigning harder against Council members who not only may vote for this URA/TIF but may also benefit from its passage financially. This is a huge injustice that, unfortunately, only lawsuits will fix. What a crying shame : (
Let me try to understand where you are coming from, Steve. You think you are "owed" by OPM because you chose to invest in Steamboat at the height of the market paying top dollar for your piece of Yampa Street and now the taxpayers owe you????? Since when is real estate investment anything but risk business. Is it the fault of 25,000 residents of Routt County that the economy went south in late 2008? Many people lost jobs, businesses and homes and there is still a local hangover with some foreclosures pending as we speak. Who chose to displace many lower income residents at 3rd and Yampa with payouts then foregoing 8 years of lot rent? Who declared "blight" in 2007 when sky-high prices were being paid because Steamboat was the next developers paradise? That is what I conclude from your comments!
Why are you against funding infrastructure within the URA boundry from budget surpluses and capital reserves that the City has? That funding could start next week if council so directed. Are you a full time resident of Steamboat Springs? If so you are also a citizen of Routt County and as such you need to recognize and respect all our neighbors--after all County residents make up 50% of the population and have no say in this decision. It seems totally disingenuous that some business owners in the URA boundry employee from outside the city limits yet want to do financial harm to those same employees. The long term consequences of our important relationship with the County if this URA is approved is unimaginable. We might as well kiss the joint safety center in west Steamboat goodbye if this Council chooses to be so short sighted!
Gee, I had the grand illusion of being queen, my way or the highway---I guess I will defer to Eric the dictator----
i like that idea!!
I guess an ethical council person would recuse themselves from the vote if they could benefit financially for up to 25 years from a yes vote for the URA? Could a case be made to prohibit a council person from bidding on any work the URA might produce?
Why recall only those two members and not the other 3?
Just how well can we expect those discussions to go if Council chooses to ram a URA with TIF down our throats despite all the warnings of a potential lawsuit from the School District and Hickenlooper signing a bi-partisian bill against URA's?
Wish we had 7 Scott's and/or Sonya's on the Council. I know Steamboat citizens sooo appreciate the time, effort and consideration with which you do the job! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!
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