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Bryan is such a class act!!! Day in and day out Steamboat Springs should be proud of him.
I think we should demand that the state come back to town and retrofit the "bulb-outs" with hitching posts. Mike has started something
Obamanation! Please take your PETA attitude and pack it in your car and leave town. You have no appreciation for this town and its heritage. Your "culture" doesn't belong here.
Boy O Boy! What is wrong with hitting his head on a rock and throwing him on the bank for critter food. This is a classic case of government over compensating.
Scott has a great point! Why is the K68 closed so much during the winter? Because the athletes and coaches are burned out from training all summer on the plastic. So we are to build another plastic hill to promote burnout. The lights are an asset, but the little plastic hill is a total waist of money.
And, the for those who don't know, the city subsidizes Howelsen Hill every year to the tune of a Million Dollars with tax money.
Well, Scott and Brent, once again, you have not done your research!
First, the Lodging Tax can only be used to build and maintain local amenities that enhance the local community. ie. golf course, tennis, biking trails, etc. It is definitely off limits to such things as marketing or subsidizing transportation.
So, using the Lodging Tax to subsidize the empty seats coming to Steamboat is a nonstarter. It is both irresponsible and ill-informed to make such a suggestion.
Second, the city council has its eyes on the funds to pay for the Orton property. They voted to purchase the ground with full knowledge that they didn't have the money to pay for it. (Hermacinski was the only vote against it!) So, now they have to get creative and "rob Peter to pay Paul".
Third, there will be numerous other interests in line for the funds.
And lastly, although the tax is collected by the "Lodging Community" it is a city tax controlled by the city and not the "Lodging Community".
sledneck, I couldn't agree more! My only comment, and it is a diversion from the real issue of spending tax money at Howelsen Hill on marginal projects, is that the Lottery is a sham which is promoted by the State. And, as you stated, it plays to fools who can least afford it.
sledneck: You got it right too! The lottery works because of stupidity and lack of self discipline. The majority of lottery tickets are purchased by those that can least afford it. So, they and their families go without and put more pressure on social programs, thus depriving the truly needy. Additionally, the state is hyper hypocritical in promoting their lottery. Try having a good ole fashioned poker game or calcuta with people who can afford it! The state will prosecute you in a heartbeat because they are not getting their share of the action.
And to Scott, Mr. Orton's land is encumbered so it cannot be developed and yes he could have stopped access, just as the Humble Ranch has, but the question is: Is it worth $750,000 just so a few can hike and bike there? And even fewer XC ski there!
And, the K38 is a developmental hill for very young kids who have no real reason to train year around.
The GOCO grant is misguided and the city is delusional.
First, why would anyone fund the K38 jump hill when it is not only a low priority at Howelsen but it supports a sport which essentially dead in the US, and dying internationally. Furthermore, within the SSWSC, it serves a very small number of athletes.
Second, why would the city spend any money on 580 acres which Mr. Orton has already received a lot of money to encumber the land with a non-development deed restriction? The city gains little or nothing for spending $ 750,000.00 it doesn’t have!
Third, lets get real about GOCO! Their funds are generated by the most oppressive tax the state utilizes. The Lottery hits the poor very hard. It is an inequitable tax disguised as a fair game of chance (gambling) by the state government. It is very hypocritical of the “ God fearing” administrators of the SSWSC to not only request but accept these funds.
In sum, the K38 is not needed, the purchase of Orton’s ground gains nothing, the city cannot afford either project, and GOCO is a Trojan horse.
Steve, if you are looking for a fight, get your attack points correct. The lodging tax is dedicated solely to paying for recreation amenities in Steamboat. For example, right now those funds are paying off the bond on the purchase of the ground, design, and construction of the golf course. If you cannot even get that right, and the city seems to functioning just fine after more than 20% in cuts, furloughs (which the employees love because they have an eternal three day week-end, and now layoffs), wouldn't you have to admit, even the city government was/is to big?
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