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Congrats Rob, Routt County and the Yampa Valley Airport Commission look forward to our mutually beneficial relationships. Good Luck on the Venture, and we look forward to working with you. Doug Monger
Nice article John, congrats for your work and being a steady hand 25 years strong. Always a pleasure in your professionalism. Keep up the good work . The local High School activities have positively been a benefactor of your reports and pictures. When the kiddos are reported on appropriately the parents are most always appreciative. Doug Monger
I find it interesting that the editorial board did not ask to have a meeting with the organized opponents and have a presentation on the other side of the real numbers prior to this editorial. They came out in support of this joke ages ago, would be to lose face to get the real story and have to change positions. It's not like we haven't been saying things about this whole fiasco from the get go, yet they not once asked us to discuss our side of the controversy. I guess our bad for not asking for that meeting to present "the other story". The county has been as nice as we could short of telling the city Heck No even though they can do what ever they want based on abusive laws. For the Editorial board it might have been enlightening to see the numbers from the County Assessor or County or School district staff that really understand the true effect of this sham and provide their numbers. The city's position is that the joke of the Mountain URA investments has raised valuations on all of the city, in fact maybe it is all of the county or is it all of the state and nation. You can expect the same sales job with the downtown URA. We all know from our statistics classes numbers can lie, and liars use their preferred set of numbers. There is no way the School district is going to be financially held whole in this scenario, and I have absolutely no doubt that the county will lose "New Growth" dollars as well as having all of the rest of the taxpayers fill the hole (increased mill levy) from the diverted funds.
In no uncertain terms I asked the Governor when he was going to stop the abuse of URA's and that URA's were not only killing local governments but were also killing the state budget with the underfunded state backfill to schools. He eloquently said talk to my budget director. I asked the same question to Mr. Sobenot the state budget director. His reply yes they are affecting the state budget. I hope the Council understands the long term effects and consequences of their vote on Tuesday both politically, financially, and representing the true values of our whole community.
""Downtown lodging capacity at 100 percent this weekend
About 7,900 visitors are expected to be in town Saturday, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s lodging barometer released Wednesday.""
Totally caused by the quite evident nature of the blighted area. All of that criminal activity happening and add to that the dilapidated and run down structures it's embarrassing and humiliating that our lodgers have to put up with all of that. LOL Doug Monger
The complexity of this all has forever been the ally of the cities. "Trust me" it is for economic development. Yes it is for economic development for a selected few not the collective all, in fact it costs the collective all on behalf of the selective few. The abuse needs to end. I am just amazed (to put it nicely) the hook line sinker on the STBT council on this all. I need a good used car to sell. Again for cities (Co. Municipal League) to complain about the legislature creating a bill to end the flagrant abuse and deception, yet the Governor to sign such. The public's awareness to the cities abuses has been exposed. The public awareness to the Stbt's abuse is also being exposed. Open your eyes public, let your voices be heard. To the city council, all of us need to make a statement "enough of OPM (other people's money)" to fix your problems. Doug Monger Routt County Commissioner.
The city is making one last ditch effort to browbeat the County Commissioners into submission on this issue. They are scheduled to present to the Commissioners at 11:05am on Tuesday June 9th to again convince/browbeat us into supporting this deceitful scheme . I would invite all to attend and listen to the continuing drama. Same information presented for the ?? time expecting a different outcome. See something missing in that picture. The bottom line with this new URA plan and the cooked up Mountain URA the city will have effectively stolen virtually all of the commercial property tax growth potential available to Routt County and the other taxing entities in our property tax base(commercial 29% assessment valuation rate versus 6.9% assessment residential valuation rate) for the foreseeable future. This with the knowledge that all of the growth will come and is absolutely coming without the stimulus that these municipal investments presumably will create. Add to that the police station, fire station, and Search and Rescue valuation will entirely go to the TIF as it has no assessed value, the YVEA property according to our assessor will be so minimally valued because it is state assessed that the majority before remodel will go to the TIF. Mix that in with a blatant deceitful Blight Report, and a Who knows improvement plan, --- Wow the sky is the limit. The only ones winning on this is the developers that were already going to do their projects, and the city finances for not having to fund their own critical infrastructure needs. You the taxpayer will also be the loser, as since we (county) are up against the Tabor spending limit, every dollar that the URA takes out of county funds all of us taxpayers will be replacing that dollar in higher Routt taxes. Then to top that off, according to the city, the gall of the Governor to sign a bipartisan bill to short circuit these abuse tactics, really!!! what do you think. Somebody(legislature) finally saw the abuse light go off and enough is enough. I would welcome you all to attend the June 9th meeting and to hear how they really can stand there and say the things they say and still keep a straight face. I tell you as one Commissioner, they go ahead on the 16th and pull the cord and activate this, in my mind local intergovernmental relationships are pretty well shot. I believe and have always stood for good intergovernmental relations. I also believe that the county wants to play in the sand box with partners, I won't support playing in the intergovernmental sand box with bullies and thieves. For the City, I foresee that they will a ledge that they tried to work with the county yet the county was the totally unreasonable party. Again June 9th at 11:05am. Doug Monger
This could/will be a great idea. Good thing that the county's Road and Bridge director Janet Hruby negotiated a trail easement across those lands, the County Commissioners signed the temporary easements last week and R&B crews are planning on doing the little bit of trail work and signing soon to be able to open the trail extension. The land owners need to be thanked as well for allowing the temporary easements to allow this to happen (YVEA)(Steamboat 700) (and one other???). Hopefully it will also work out in the long term. Doug Monger Routt County Commissioner
Ken and all, you can be as frustrated as you want with the county, but the fact is that the issue of CR 14 has been to the ballot box two times both in 1997 or 98 in a direct fix of the road and the voters said Heck. NO, mostly in my opinion that the county was not interested in fixing the problem of a smaller county transportation problem with county wide dollars. In 2007 the county went to the voters again this time more with a plan of addressing transportation inadequacies across the county to provide a more county wide investment. The plan was for a five year plan including CR 14 and improvements on other high ADT (average daily traffic) roads. This plan again was soundly defeated. The voters said, in my opinion, we want improvements but we don't want to pay for them. I have trees on my place but none of them are growing $$$$$. So in my book if you want to place blame you and Mr. Church can ask the voters of Routt County why CR 14 is not important to them.
On top of that, maybe while you are asking you can ask why CDOT is struggling with barely maintenance money and no money to deal with increased mobility of Colorado. Why we can't get to Denver on Sundays, Why you can't get out of Denver on Fridays. Add to that that a wait in traffic on I-70 is preferable to our residents and citizens to the un-reliable commuting air service. We are swiftly heading to a transportation crisis, for some it will be sooner and for others later. With our current National, State and County Revenue projections it is inevitable.
The Commissioners did all they could do to bring outside money into the scenario with grant applications and all, but that is not happening the old days of Interstate Road systems is about dead as the major water projects that were built in the 50's and 60's. In regard to the maintenance that was done on CR 14 in 2014, we championed the Road and Bridge Department to do all they could do with $1.5million dollars over two years to increase safety and provide better traveling. This is part of the Commissioners long term strategy to implement the road safety improvements over a few years while not losing the investment in the road that we have. The Commissioners have prioritized the improvements to CR 14 as a goal. That said unlike the federal government, we don't print money, can't borrow money to fix the project, and will continue to focus real green backs toward a systematic solution. Will it be a newly constructed road, heck no, will it be better heck yes. Scott, thanks for your analysis on the situation, we are doing all that we can do within financial constraints, and a poor plan is better than no plan. Doug Monger Routt County Commissioner
This is funny yet very much not so funny. Let's go back to the early 1980's when in our infinite wisdom the voters decided not to allow spring bear hunts and not to allow for baiting. While neither practice might be considered as the most sportsman oriented, we NEVER saw a bear anywhere and the hunters had a hard time filling hunting licensees. So now since the voters took over the job of game managers we only have ourselves to blame. I have to also laugh at the comments of "lets push them out to the forests". As a rancher that loses (donates) a $1500.00 calf a year to these Constitutionally protected beasts please let's keep them in town or start reducing the herd. If they could live in the forest they would be there. It's simple the numbers are the problem. The last morale to be gained is "KEEP THE VOTERS OUT OF PROFESSIONAL MANAGEMENT" any kind of professional management. Let's leave that to those who went to school to be professional.
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