Ben Beall

Ben Beall 11 months ago on Our View: Vote 'no' on Amendment 66

So the Steamboat Pilot Editorial Board would like to micromanage the needs of education across the entire State rather than leave it up to school administrators and elected school boards to determine what is best? Seems like tying the hands of the experts to me. Your logic regarding constitutional amendments also fails me. How can the State rectify poor past constitutional language without a constitutional amendment? I too am cautious of constitutional referenda however the current effort has been done via extensive discussion and compromise to correct a past amendment pushed by special interest.

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Ben Beall 1 year, 6 months ago on Major school finance bill a mixed bag for Routt County educators

Scott, Trying to read between the lines, and not being too familiar with the the current school funding formula, am I hearing that RE-2 residents may be paying lower property taxes in relation to property value than those paying taxes in other districts with lower property values? Of course, Routt residents and our visitors also pay the 0.5cent sales tax for the Fund Board monies. It would be interesting to try to compare the overall tax burden of the Routt County resident in each of the three districts SOROCO, Steamboat, and West Routt (factoring in the sales tax) in comparison to other areas in the state in terms of: overall burden, as a percentage to their property value, and as a percentage of median income. You have mentioned severance tax a few times and how that plays into the funding mechanism. Would this new bill pull more severance tax away from the counties that it is intended to compensate for energy impacts?

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Ben Beall 1 year, 10 months ago on Steamboat Ski Area adopts new uphill ski policy

Great approach by the Ski Area, much more community oriented than other resort's no-fun policies. Erich, maybe don't come down See Ya - from my experience that is the main route up.

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Ben Beall 1 year, 10 months ago on Loss of gym use trips up Steamboat's indoor soccer league

This is really disappointing to a community near and dear. As always, it seems that all parties have something to learn from this. Use of public facilities are vital to the community but is a privilege. School District officials have held an entire community responsible for the actions of a small minority and seem unduly harsh in the eyes of many. It also seems that the warnings over the past years were not passed down to the users with enough clarity or weight. I can speak for many when I say this is a complete surprise.

The Middle School is the best facility in town for indoor soccer and we owe a debt of gratitude to Tim Bishop and the School District for its availability over the past years. It leaves me disappointed that the rhetoric is so harsh from the School District. We all can take responsibility for the wear and tear on the gym as we play the game with enthusiasm. But I hope Tim Bishop (and the community as a whole after reading this article) knows that the other reasons for our expulsion are due to a small few and are not reflective of the soccer community.

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Ben Beall 2 years ago on Citizens Supporting Property Rights: Balance, respect needed

The only "restriction" that I am aware of to date is that Routt County asked that Quicksilver install a few more ground water monitoring wells, test a baseline, and test a bit more frequently than the State requires at a site up-gradient of Milner's municipal water supply. A construction company that pumps water out of the bottom of a foundation excavation into a ditch has more stringent regulations than that. Am I missing something? There has been much discussion and concern, but it doesn't seem that Routt County has put up a roadblock to O&G development. Haven't there been three well permits issued this year?

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Ben Beall 2 years ago on Our View: Lifestyle economy a worthy investment

When is it time to move beyond the survival mode mentality that has been necessary for the past few years? It is time to articulate our vision forward even if cautious steps are still warranted. There are pieces and parts scattered about and good people leading the varied efforts. Thank you to the Editorial Board for helping the discussion along.

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