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You have no right to judge anyone, bud.
1999, sometimes I agree with you and sometimes I don't.
"maybe people get offended too easily and take them selves and their position too seriously."
"good grief......our country is in a hell of a position right now....we need people to stand up and shout out what they believe....not water it down or be afraid of repercussions."
This time, I do.
Personally, I try to say what I think -- in person, in a letter, or in this blog. Anything I have said here, I have also said face-to-face and/or signed my name to the bottom of a letter. If some of the primadonnas who read here don't like my opinion or tone, it's their problem.
The Steamboat BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT district is certainly mis-named at the very least. Taxing business to support feel-good events does not necessarily improve businesses' bottom line. The businesses who want to participate should continue to do so voluntarily. Many businesses in the designated taxing area do not benefit from the Main Street organization. Why should they be required to pay? Main Street has done quite enough with their backing of the tax to benefit SkiCorp that just passed. One more thing, no SBS property tax. It sets a precedent that could bring about a city-wide property tax.
Lewi, I am not asking you to like or not like my tone. You don't like it, too bad.
Planning Director Tyler Gibbs said the changes would streamline the process for developers. His plan is to make decisions behind closed doors and eliminate public comment as much as possible. That is what he wants. Is it what we want?
Mr. Gibbs believes in streamlining the process for developers at the expense of our local control, our wetlands, signed annexation agreements, SBS Community Area Plan, and above all he apparently wants to stifle the voices of the public. He is the planning director but wants to be King instead.
Let’s review his record: At the end of last year, he single-handedly reversed a decision by a former planning director, planning commission (a decision previously upheld by Council) to allow a developer to fill wetlands that were formerly prohibited by an annexation agreement signed by the city in 2004. He decided it was more important to allow a huge building on two tiny lots, by filling the wetlands, so that the developer could sell his property at a higher price.
This staff member has no accountability to the public, as he is appointed and can hide in his office to make decisions that affect us all. From what I can see, he will continue to use his power to lower our community standards and destroy the sovereignty of the SBS Area Plans and CDC. Council has already allowed him to make broad plan changes at either his whim or by listening to people who lobby him in private at the expense of the rest of us.
The future of our environment and quality of life does not lie with allowing Gibbs to have even more control.
"The money would directly benefit those pay through increased property values and increased vitality within the district."
Increased property values insures higher property taxes (that will be passed on to the businesses) and you cannot guarantee increased vitality for the businesses you want to tax. The people who own the property and the businesses would be nuts to vote for another tax at this time. Tracy, do not promise a direct benefit when you know you can't deliver. Let's just put these people out of business now, why wait?
"The COGCC in CO knows more about CO than a bureaucrat in Washington plus it's more consistent, closer to the people and those same people can make changes."
No, no. COGCC in CO is a defender of the gas and oil industry. It may be located in Colorado but in no way is it closer to the people (except with those who are part of the industry) and it is next to impossible for people to make changes in COGCC directives. The people closest to the situation are in Routt County not Denver.
There is some good news for all who want more local control of oil and gas drilling, however. Earlier this month proponents won a case brought by an oil and gas company, SG Interests, that sued Gunnison County claiming the county could not regulate certain aspects of its operations because of preemption by state and federal regulations. On January 3, 2012, Gunnison County District Judge Stephen Patrick's ruling stated, "there is no express or implied preemption". He cited a 2003 case in which the drilling company BDS International brought suit against Gunnison County on the same grounds. The 2003 case was upheld by the court's decision and gives a big win to the residents of Routt County and the general public all across Colorado.
Local control is our best defense.
Hey, Honey, if you are so anxious to defend this tax, maybe you'd like to pay my share. Or, go over the edge and spare the rest of us.
Oh, for Pete's sake. We all know only city residents can vote on a city tax. Give it up.
The point is, there should have not been a vote on this issue at all when so many residents must shop in SBS. There is no question this is taxation without representation.
City council does not represent county residents, yet they were responsible for imposing a tax on them to benefit a private corporation. Yeah, I know the people voted but council was wrong to allow it on the ballot. County residents had no vote or say. I don't know how else to explain it, either.
My opinion is my opinion. What I am trying to get across is that the tax is unfair to all those who are now forced to pay the tax for a private company. And that it could have been avoided by allowing all in the county to vote or for council to say it would not be considered for a vote in SBS. "People who don't even know how voting works shouldn't be allowed to vote"? Is that your opinion or is that a fact too? Maybe only your opinion should be a fact.
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