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I live on the fringe of Steamboat, and my kids use the baseball and soccer fields. However, there is no way would I want to be included in your parks and rec district. You want me to pay for your dog to have a park? You want me to pay for your kid to ski at Howelsen Hill with Winter Sports Club? And then if I do pay, what’s to say I can use it. For instance, ski times at Howelsen Hill are extremely limited if you aren’t a part of SSWSC. Or is the tax to increase tourism and give them something more to do? Then let me point out the multiple heated discussion about letting triple crown have all ball fields including Emerald Park. It remains the only true ball field that is exclusively for locals. Why in the world would non-Steamboat residents agree to satisfy your cravings? Want, want, want, not need. Since when did recreation and entertainment become a need that required tax dollars?
John, you need to read up on water rights. You can't just take water out of the yampa if you don't own any water rights.
Then open it up to other youth organizations. Our 4-H group would do it in a heartbeat. If the schools can't get enough interest then let someone else try.
Scott W - where can we find your demographic numbers that contradict BoE? This weighs heavily on my decision.
It is a very elite view that we can let out-of-town folks work in our town, be the backbone of our tourism industry, spend money in Steamboat stores, probably volunteer for some of our great non-profits, but we can't let their kids come to our school? They may not pay tax dollars, but neither do the working class who live here and rent. Why the difference?
Shame on Aspen. Shame on Steamboat for not wanting to share the wealth on the few (40ish) families who put in a 40 hour week to support our tourism industry.
And by the way, we DO get some money when they come to our school, it comes in the form of per pupil funding. The school gets that money no matter where they live.
red angus not red agnes
another inaccuracy... steers are not 3 years old when sold at the local fair. Any steer calf(especially a show quality steer) that is fed a grain diet will be ready to go at 14-18 months of age.
I think you might mean 320 animals with 175 members since there is no way for members to share ownership.
"The businesses in Steamboat, that help to generate the sales tax that maintains these fields and all amenities we enjoy"
I suppose businesses are the only ones paying taxes?
And businesses only get revenue from tourism? I suppose locals don't ever eat in their restaurants or buy their wares?
"fewer and less maintained amenities"... you mean lack of trash cans rubbish all over the Yampa, beer cans spread out all over softball fields?
How will this affect Steamboat Baseball? For the next 6 weeks Yampa Youth Baseball (t-ball and machine pitch) will use 2 of the fields Monday-Thursday 5-7pm. The other 2 fields have games by older Steamboat kids at the same time and their season started a month ago. This means WE are currently using ALL fields most days of the week. Will our kids be kicked out? Is triple crown only using it on weekends? I encourage anyone to go down to emerald fields at 5 pm. Notice the fields (both soccer and baseball) are filled with our own children, those of tax-paying parents.
This is not a rhetoric question. I want someone from the City staff to tell me they have thought about our own youth.
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