Steve Lewis

Steve Lewis 1 hour, 35 minutes ago on Leaders of business improvement district address concerns at tax proposal meeting

Scott, I don't disagree with the matching commitment. The question is the use of the BID $$. In particular, applying the $$ to tasks that should be funded out of the City budget, not out of private pockets.

This was easily the largest concern of stakeholders at the Monday BID information session. The BID board insists the BID $$ will never be used to maintain URA items. Scott Ford said the same. I don't believe they are correct, for this reason:

The widely acknowledged City complaint with the Base Area URA was that there were no maintenance obligations for the improvements. So when I read, as I also heard at many meetings in early 2013, the City will not support capitol improvement projects funded by a URA without a BID in place, I take it as fact the BID $$ will be used for maintaining URA improvements.

The BID board controls that $$ - the City appoints the BID board.

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Steve Lewis 11 hours, 5 minutes ago on Leaders of business improvement district address concerns at tax proposal meeting

Pilot, Thank you for the responding article explaining many of the how-to's of voting. Very helpful. http://www.steamboattoday.com/news/2014/sep/30/how-vote-upcoming-downtown-bid-tax-election/

BID board, Please review the following on your website home page:

" HOW MUCH WILL A BID COST ME? Property Value = $100,000 1 mil levy will cost you: $100,000 * 0.29 * 0.001 = $29 per year "

Why publish a wrong answer? The actual BID cost to an owner for $100,000 worth of property is $116, because your ballot is for 4 mils of levy.

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Steve Lewis 11 hours, 28 minutes ago on Leaders of business improvement district address concerns at tax proposal meeting

Scott Ford, Thanks for your viewpoint at this meeting that there is no link between BID funds and future URA project maintenance. You feel the City simply wants to see the private sector make a commitment. I do not share your viewpoint. This is from the BID website:

"City council has been very clear that without a BID in place they will not support capitol improvement projects funded by sources such as a Urban Renewal Authority (URA) and the local lodging tax."

Let's ask the City to clarify this BID-URA connection before the BID election.

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Steve Lewis 21 hours, 1 minute ago on Leaders of business improvement district address concerns at tax proposal meeting

Property owners get their ballots mailed to them. Then mail it back. But voting in this election is more complicated for the majority of eligible BID voters - i.e. the tenants. The tenants will ultimately be paying this tax.

Downtown tenants, to vote:

1) You acquire a ballot request form from TBD…

2) You mail the ballot request with your eligibility information to:

Spencer Fane

℅ Mary Carter

1700 Lincoln Ave, Suite 2000

Denver, CO 80203

3) A ballot will be mailed to you.

4) You mail it back in time for election deadline. Alternatively on election day you can drop off your ballot at this office: Tracy Barnett, 141 9th St, Steamboat Springs, CO

Three mailings required before election day and no one feels this worth mentioning to the electors? The BID's website has yet to offer a ballot request form or any of this requisite voting information?

Do they not want a strong turnout?

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Steve Lewis 2 weeks, 5 days ago on Our View: URA timeout: If not now, when?

Dear editor,

This Our View is the most accurate Pilot piece on the URA to date. While the contemplated URA and BID district would gather revenue from 3 streets, Lincoln, Yampa and Oak, the expenditures will be focused on Yampa St. The draft URA budget establishes the same philosophy, with $5 million going to Yampa St, and $450,000 going to Oak St.

That is the wrong approach to improving downtown.

Please recall that two years ago this discussion began with consultations and a report from the Urban Land Institute (ULI), chaired by Jim DeFrancia. The ULI report reads, "The panel drew its findings by reviewing the advance packet, touring Yampa, Lincoln, and Oak streets...The panel recommends a comprehensive approach to all of downtown. The panel envisions downtown Steamboat 2030 consisting of three well-articulated and thriving pieces (Yampa, Lincoln, and Oak Streets)."

After DeFrancia's presentation of the ULI report to City Council, I commented to the hearing that we on Oak St are primarily a professional office use. While we are perfect for Location Neutral Businesses, we won't see much benefit from the BID's currently stated goals of "marketing" and Yampa Street "events" to create foot traffic. Obviously those will be good for the retailers and restaurants of Yampa and even Lincoln. I commented that my Oak Street taxes should bring a parity of benefit back to Oak Street. We are an asset to downtown too. Jim DeFrancia was kind enough to stand and second my comments as meeting the intention of his panel.

Please advocate a more balanced approach to improving our downtown.

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Steve Lewis 2 weeks, 6 days ago on Tax proposal would generate $190K for maintenance, marketing in downtown Steamboat Springs

I do have some questions:

1) The last BID was a separate election process, requiring each BID voter to do legwork to register, acquire a ballot and deliver it to the BID. Is this one different?

2) Can the BID taxpayers be allowed to elect the BID board?

3) Who is responsible for sidewalk liability in a BID maintained scheme. Perhaps insurance coverage negotiated for the district could save us $$.

4) "A survey of downtown property owners found that maintenance and the overall appearance of the district were the things they most valued." How did the property owners rank marketing?

We did this survey of Oak St commercial owners Jan 2013. Marketing and planters did not score very high (question #1): http://stevelewisengineering.com/oak-street-survey---commercial-property-owners-jan-16.html

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Steve Lewis 4 weeks ago on Steamboat City Council questions downtown blight designation and delays urban renewal discussions

Dear editor, the BID tax proposal deserves more serious treatment from the newspaper. "Maintenance" describes only part of the potential use of such a tax. Marketing is another use. And what will we be maintaining? Aren't you curious what the tax $$ will actually be spent on? Please tell us about this BID we are voting on in November. Thank you.

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Steve Lewis 1 month ago on Spoke Talk: There’s an app (or 2) for that

Thanks Robin. With the new 2A trails coming on Linda and I upped our game this Spring with new mtn bikes. Very fun. Kudos to what you guys are accomplishing.

And MTB.com is just what we needed. We are venturing to other biking sweet spots these days, like Park City, but were having trouble finding a nice ride halfway there. With MTB it's as simple as zooming into the U.S. map. Not every ride is there, hopefully leaving the homies some trails of their own.

http://www.mtbproject.com

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Steve Lewis 2 months, 1 week ago on Sureva Towler: 1970s were ‘groovy’

Thanks Sureva. I was glad to catch some of that flavor arriving in '79. The typical vehicles on Lincoln then were old pickups and beat up Subarus. That seemed emblematic of priorities better placed, on cows, hay meadows and mountain trails. Steamboat has taught me so much and there's more to learn. Have a wonderful reunion.

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