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The City had a chance to turn Fire and EMS over to the Steamboat Springs Rural Fire Protection District several years ago. The District has a mill levy and at the time it would have be possible to include the City and fund Fire very economically, much is as done in other communities. It was Ken Brenner who brutally axed the idea and insisted that the City retain control. Now - guess what? It would have been a great idea and the City would have all the sales tax revenue they use for Fire funding for other things. Another example of the financial disaster that Brenner on Council was.
How much of this City Budget is absorbed by the Iron Horse Inn and other fiscal disasters of the Brenner Council?
There is a state constitutional amendment commonly known as TABOR which says that any long term debt must be approved by voters. How did this former City Council get around that state law? The thinly veiled "Certificates of Participation". We now have long term debt not approved by anyone except that Council. Also Mr. Ivancie, a member of that Council, should be asked about that circumvention of state law. He is running for the State Legislature. It should dog him every day on the campaign trail.
The real tragedy of this is that while Mr. Ranieri is hurt and no doubt needs money his attorney will probably be entitled to the lion's share of any awards or damages......probably in the neighborhood of 60%. It is the Plaintiff's attorneys who encourage innocent victims to go for court actions and huge awards because the longer the case goes on the higher their percentage becomes. If it is settled relatively early then the Plaintiff gets way more money than if it goes all the way to trial. So guess what the advise of counsel would be??? No one is a "winner" except the attorney.
I first heard about the dropped moose from some elementary school kids in Walden, who were pretty upset. I agree - this is a pretty appalling and brutal way to "manage" the moose population, especially when the whole point is to provide a game species. Shame on the DOW and their Austrailian "mugger" team.
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Mr. Engleken and Mr. Bennett were partners in a development company. It is absurd to say Jim is an indpedent thinker and also absurd to think they are against growth and development. The reason they backed out of the Hayden development was they got caught by the residents of Hayden!
Stuart - Was Steamboat just the perfect size the day before you moved here or the day after you arrived?
Ironic that Kevin Bennett is a developer in Ft. Collins and a would-be developer in Hayden but is running on an anti-developer platform here. Would the real Kevin Bennett please stand up?
A vote for Jim and Kevin is a vote to regress to nasty politics - secret deals - and development that benefits financially only Jim and Kevin and their cronies. It was the Ken Brenner/Susan Dellinger Council that was wildly pro-development and they were protoges of these two. Spare us!
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