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And this story is of public benefit how exactly?
Wasn't BAP looking for a new HQ? Or maybe it was the police needing a temporary space. I can't recall exactly :)
Unfortunately the LMD doesn't publish actual totals. But based on 2011/12 actuals of ~125,000, the reported decrease of 13% that next season (2012/13), and the 3% decrease referenced above for this season (2013/14), we're at ~105,000 available seats. That's pretty close to the ~90,000 number that the Yes 2 Air campaign claimed would cost our economy tens of millions of dollars. Certainly closer than the ~140,000 number they promised to be at by this season.
The Yes 2 Air campaign made a promise to the voters that is not being met. Locals pay about 50% of sale tax, so we've spent ~$1.2m in just over two years to not even maintain the status quo we had before the tax hike. Yes this is a complex issue, but the campaigners made it out to be a "sure thing" and never mentioned any caveats - so it's time to deliver.
And yes the LMD inherited some expectations they didn't set. But it's past time for them to come up with a plan that goes beyond a single year and shows the voters how the program can be stabilized to function on it's own when the sales tax expires.
In related news, the owners of the Yampa Street parcels just increased their asking price by 30%.
The list of projects (core trail, new police station, etc) all seem to be "nice to haves," not absolutely necessary.
Let me clarify. The county/airport wouldn't contract the mechanic services (and take on any liability) - they would simply pay him to sit at the airport :)
I have suggested several times that either the county or LMD pay for an onsite mechanic. Seems that this fractional investment (compared to $2.5m in revenue guarantees) would be worthwhile.
Looking at this Tuesday's council meeting, the agenda link from the website gives an error and the packet link loads a blank page. How's that for public notice?
Might I suggest staff verify all links after posting?
The city managed LMD has also gone into executive session without first describing the subject on the public notice and having not read the Colorado statute that provides for the session. Both are required by law. Check http://steamboatsprings.net/AgendaCenter/Local-Marketing-District-3 for agendas where executive session is only generically listed.
Given that 60% of sales tax is collected from locals, I suggest projects that equally benefit locals and tourists.
The city jail will be quite affordable to those housed in it :)
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