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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.
A wonderfully satirical piece, despite the hysterical comments from people who should get over themselves.
It's too bad that The Nasties had to drag in Deb Hinsvark for their irrelevant comments on Tom Kern's departure. I, for one, think Tom did a good job in a tough environment, and I wish him well.
Excellent point, Carrie. On my phone, the caller id showed either "Toll Free" or "Private Number," and I always let those go to the answering machine.
"Deja vu all over again"! Another expensive parking study to be put on the shelf with the other expensive parking studies -- all of which were ignored! The existing studies have some good suggestions: paid parking like the system Aspen uses; changing the parking times to allow each space to be used many times per day; parking maps to show visitors where they can park and for how long; a shuttle from the Stockbridge lot for employees; and so on. Council would be wise to revisit the existing studies before wasting more money on a new one.
Tom: After reading your story, I tried to find out if there are still seeds for Remington Strawberries, but could find no information. Are they still available?
That sounds like a reasonable plan. Thank you, Emilie. I'll look forward to hearing more.
After reading the Pilot's editorial against Amendment 66, I downloaded and read all 141 pages of Senate Bill 13-213 -- something the editorial board members would be advised to do. I believe that the Senate bill is an exhaustive description of what money would be raised, where it would go, what it must be used for (in excruciating detail), how the schools' performance will be measured, and how the performance of the law itself will be audited. The Pilot's editorial is misinformed.
The Brenner/Dellinger/Anderson Council's purchase of the Iron Horse may have been the worst Council decision ever. It was self-serving ("re-elect us because we've done something for affordable housing"), irrational, and done by circumventing any public process. But simply shutting down the hotel part to cut the City's losses will just make the situation worse. If the Iron Horse were owned by a business, and it shut down, the City would use every means at its disposal to avoid having a vacant hotel right on the main commercial corridor (see Hampton Inn). The City shouldn't get an exemption just because it's the City. It's no longer a question of whether the City will transfer the Iron Horse to the private sector, but how. There will be no fairy godmother to wave a magic wand and turn the hotel into a thriving enterprise for the City. The Iron Horse is a millstone around the City's neck, and we must accept that the pain is going to last until we pay off the last dollar of the outrageous debt that came with the Inn. Time to make the best of a bad situation and move on. And please stick to doing city business while leaving hotels to people who know how to run them.
Excellent analysis, Jim. Council, please take note and use these guidelines when you re-evaluate the proposals.
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