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That's a shame. I've always had great respect for the Steamboat Kiwanians and their contributions to the community. Where will we get our service organizations in the future?
I repeat, for about the hundredth time: without a property tax, every new house in Steamboat costs more to serve than its occupants bring to the table in sales taxes. This proposed development appears to be answering some important questions about its capital needs, but how will the City pay for its operating expenses year after year? Because all we have to pay the bills is the undependable sales tax, there is no incentive for the City to add a single new house or a single square foot of land. That's a sad -- but correctible -- situation.
Two points. First, Gallagher may be popular in the big commercial centers, but it has kept residential property taxes artificially low here. Here, where we have the great majority of assessed valuations on the residential side, and more than half of that in second homes, it is unnecessary. But we had no effective say in whether we wanted it. Second, I didn't say that it's unfair that most voters live in the population centers. I said that it's unfair that those votes, 'til now, have been the only ones that carried any weight.
I agree with the editorial and am going to vote yes because it will return at least a modicum of clout to us out here in the boonies. Right now -- and for many years -- the Front Range and Boulder drive Colorado. I point to the awful Gallagher Amendment as a prime example of "what's good for Denver is good for the rest of the state." If you think this amendment will take away your citizen initiative rights, I say you never really had them in the first place. You surrendered them to the big population centers. But if you vote yes, you will, for the first time, demand the attention of the rest of the state. And by the way, the meetings and discussions about this amendment started years before talk of the fracking amendments.
I agree with the editorial and will be voting yes on Amendment 71 because it will restore at least a modicum of clout to us out here in the boonies. Right now -- and for many years -- the Front Range and Boulder drive Colorado. I point to the infamous Gallagher Amendment as one example of "what's good for Denver is good for everyone." If you think that the Amendment will take away your rights, I say that you never had them; you surrendered them to the big population centers. But if you vote yes, you will, for the first time, demand equal attention from the rest of the state.
Scott, did you attend tonight's Council meeting? I did, and I heard Council members agree that the existing ordinance needs to be strictly enforced, just as a first step. I, for one who lives in one of the bears' favorite dining spots, would love to see that. Is Bear Smart a substitute for not making garbage accessible to bears? If the editorial is promoting a "failed policy" of enforcing the ordinances, what would your solution be? Or do you just complain?
Ed is absolutely right. While I'm sure that the Interim Manager would do his very best to hire an excellent police chief, the relationship between the city manager and police chief is so important that only the new City Manager should choose the new Police Chief. I do think that Gary has been told by City Council to hire the new Chief, so City Council should let him off the hook.
principles? principles? Did you mean the person in charge of a school? Good Grief.
Read the Charter, Scott.
Thank you, Joel, for your service and your professionalism.
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