Paul Hughes

Paul Hughes 3 weeks, 4 days ago on Ruppel resigns as airport manager, search for replacement underway

Good job, Dave, and thank you for all you did to make YVRA into a modern, smoothly-functioning operation. Good luck down there in the banana belt.

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Paul Hughes 2 months, 2 weeks ago on Steamboat City Council moves closer to being able to rid city of Iron Horse Inn

Fred, as you know, I was not with the City then. My best guess is that the City Attorney, Finance Officer, and the City's bond counsel would have been asked to review the proposed funding and told Council that it was something that it could legally do. As to where the idea originated, I have no idea. My point is that the purchase was rushed through during a campaign season, and the public had no real chance to weigh in. When the purchase was scheduled for second hearing, I asked when on the agenda it was scheduled. I showed up 15 minutes before the scheduled vote and was informed that the vote had taken place almost an hour before. It was clear to me at that point that the purchase and funding were faits accompli.

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Paul Hughes 2 months, 2 weeks ago on Steamboat City Council moves closer to being able to rid city of Iron Horse Inn

Scott: I have no idea why you want to deflect the blame for the Iron Horse fiasco onto city staff. It was well-known at the time that the Council members who were up for re-election wanted to show how much they had done for affordable housing, and they came up with the brilliant idea of buying a failed motel. The idea for buying the Bed Bug Inn came from Council members, not staff. The buck stops at Council, as the City Charter clearly states.

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Paul Hughes 2 months, 2 weeks ago on Steamboat City Council moves closer to being able to rid city of Iron Horse Inn

The vote to buy the Iron Horse was the worst Council decision ever. Too bad that the laws protect stupid elected officials from the financial consequences of their stupidity. Just think of all the things that need to be done but cannot be done because of the $5 million millstone we'll be carrying until 2032. Disgraceful.

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Paul Hughes 4 months ago on Steamboat Springs' sales tax growth lagging behind other mountain communities

The City's 2008 study showed that locals generated more sales tax revenue than tourists (and way more than second-home owners), but these numbers are truly shocking. So much for the tired old belief that tourists will always pay the bills for us. This report has serious implications that we cannot continue to ignore.

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Paul Hughes 4 months, 1 week ago on Ken Collins: Fountain of knowledge

A wonderfully satirical piece, despite the hysterical comments from people who should get over themselves.

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