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vanguy 2 years, 7 months ago on Our View: All-day kindergarten worthy of funding

As a parent that personally funded 2 children to attend all day kindergarten within the first 3 years that it was available, I will be disappointed if the Education Fund Board invests $240,000 to provide this at no expense to parents in the future.

My position is based on the notion that this action will most certainly come at the expense of other programs that would benefit a broader range of students across all grade levels.

All day kindergarten certainly provided our children a great head start, but only because it was combined with very involved parenting outside of the school day. Our out of pocket cost was $50 per week, per child. The school system even provided us a year-end receipt with their Tax ID, with the notion that we would deduct this as a qualified child care expense on our annual tax returns.

Prior to our children entering kindergarten, we used to pay $50 PER DAY for qualified childcare. The current cost of all day kindergarten is an incredible value to parents when put in the appropriate context.

We made this investment of time, money, and energy to provide our children a head start on their education. And it worked for our children's progress.

Yet we continue to observe a reduction in programs, staffing, and services that would help better meet the individual needs of every student in the system as they grow older.

Don't get me wrong...Steamboat's Public Schools are top notch, and my experience with every staff member has been nothing short of exemplary. We are very fortunate to have the quality of professionals that we have working in our schools.

But I do not believe the Education Fund Board should be contributing a penny to all-day kindergarten costs...much less a quarter million dollars.

Not because I don't believe in all-day kindergarten, but because it will be at the expense of other important educational programs.

This money should be invested in other programs that provide a broader impact on more students at all grade levels.

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vanguy 2 years, 7 months ago on Steamboat School Board questions request for support for kindergarten

As a parent that personally funded 2 children to attend all day kindergarten within the first 3 years that it was available, I will be disappointed if the Education Fund Board enables this program to be available for free in the future.

And even more disturbed if this comes at the expense of programs that could benefit my children and their piers as they grow older.

All day kindergarten certainly gave our children a great head start, especially when combined with very involved parenting outside of the school day. Our out of pocket cost was $50 per week per child, and we were able to deduct this as a qualified child care expense on our annual tax returns. Prior to our children entering kindergarten, we used to pay $50 PER DAY for qualified childcare. The current cost of all day kindergarten is an incredible value to parents when put in the appropriate context.

We made this investment of time, money, and energy to provide our children a head start on their education. And it worked. Yet we continue to observe a reduction in programs, staffing, and services that would help better meet the individual needs of every student in the system as they grow older.

Don't get me wrong...Steamboat's Public Schools are top notch, and my experience with every staff member has been nothing short of exemplary. We are very fortunate to have the quality of professionals that we have working in our schools.

But I do not believe the Education Fund Board should be contributing a penny to all-day kindergarten costs...much less a quarter million dollars. This money should be invested in other programs that provide a broader impact on more students at all grade levels.

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vanguy 2 years, 9 months ago on Steamboat City Council, commissioners disagree on trail extension

There are around 400 families living in West Steamboat, a population of about 1000 people. Not to mention how many other citizens who utilize the Heritage Park fields for youth soccer and other activities. While this project may not benefit the "majority of citizens", there is certainly a critical mass of people that would benefit from this bike path connection.

I wonder how this population number compares to the number of citizens who use city funded facilities such as the Howelsen Ice Arena, Howelsen Hill, the Ski Jumps, Haymaker Golf Course, the Tennis Center, and the new Emerald Land purchase. I can only speculate the size of these user groups can't be much more than 1000 people. And remind me again what amount of tax revenue goes into each of these facilities?

The most expensive aspect of this project will be acquiring the right of way easements from Steamboat 700. The actual cost to build the path will be quite easy to cover through volunteering, fundraising, and in kind donations, many of which are ready and waiting for the green light on the project.

And Steamboat II Metro Disctrict has plenty of property tax revenue generated solely by the three West Steamboat subdivisions to fund its ongoing maintenance.

We really just need financial assistance in acquiring the right of way easements from those greedy Las Vegas developers that the citizens of Steamboat ran out of town a few years ago.

As a reminder, the voice of West Steamboat was NOT represented in the 700 vote a few years ago.

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vanguy 2 years, 11 months ago on Bill Moser: ‘Yes’ to Referendum 2B

It seems to me that the success of tourism benefits a lot more businesses and jobs than just the Ski Corp and the Lodging Companies. Yet, more than 95% of air service funding has come solely from these two groups up to this point.

Most people I know who live in Steamboat (and actually work for a living) seem to understand the direct connection between their paychecks and the dollars spent by tourists.

This culture is why Steamboat has such a great reputation for hospitality, when compared to other mountain destinations. This culture is why visitors come back for repeat visits.

As a community, let us NEVER lose sight of the fact that the paying traveler has a choice whether or not to visit Steamboat. It also never hurts for locals to remind Ski Corp. of this fact every once in awhile.

Air service is our lifeline as a resort community.

If it is a pain in the A$$ to get here, there are certainly more convenient destinations for people to take a ski vacation.

Non-rental second homeowners and timeshare resorts like Wyndham don't contribute any LMD tax revenue because there isn't a lodging transaction involved. Yet, these two sub-groups alone consume hundreds of air seats every week.

And how many VRBO rentals aren't paying their lodging taxes?? The city could make a small fortune investigating this issue...but I digress.

I believe the 2B Tax is a great way for non-rental tourists to contribute to air our service, especially those that use the service and don't currently help pay for it.

Me, personally, I'm voting for 2B.

I admittedly waste at least $20 every week on stupid stuff I really don't need.

I'd gladly give this community $20 a year to help secure air service, if it means that me and my friends will continue to have jobs, maybe even experience some career growth someday.

I'd gladly give this community $20 if it means our businesses can afford to stay open year-round.

Most importantly, I'd gladly give this community $20 so that, as my parents get older, and travel becomes more difficult for them, there is still a convenient and affordable way for them to fly to Hayden and visit their grandchildren from time to time.

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vanguy 2 years, 11 months ago on SKI Magazine’s annual rankings place Steamboat at 8th

One minor detail on using Eagle Airport to bring visitors to Steamboat....

CME (Colorado Mountain Express) has the primary P.U.C. license (Public Utility Company) for exclusively providing airport transfers at the Eagle Airport.

Thus, there are governmental restrictions that prohibit or deter Go Alpine or Storm Mountain Express from offering shuttle service at the Eagle Airport.

The PUC regulates ground transportation companies in the best interest of the public (supposedly), which explains why there aren't dozens of shuttle companies in Steamboat. Possibly they can offer "private charter" service...I'm certainly not an expert on PUC regulations.

Logistically speaking, it would also be difficult for either of our local shuttle operators to profitably and cost effectively provide this kind of service, given the variety of flight times for arrivals & departures for EGE, and the unpredictable nature of when and how many people would actually need this service.

And I seriously doubt CME has any real interest in bringing a handful of people 90 miles north on Highway 131 every few days, since they already service millions of travelers each winter flying to / from both DIA and EGE, taking visitors to locations throughout Summit County, Eagle County, and Aspen / Snowmass.

There is also a very close business relationship between Vail Resorts and Harry Frampton's many Vail Valley Companies (East West, CME, Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate). Frampton used to be the CEO of Vail Associates back in the 80's and was one of the key people responsible for making Vail / Beaver Creek what it is today.

Given how much they have invested in their destination and their air service, I expect this Vail contingent would collectively go to great lengths to deter any Steamboat business from trying to use Eagle County as a gateway to our resort.

The answer to our local air service issues will not be found in Eagle County...unless Vail Resorts acquires the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp.

Maybe that's the solution?

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vanguy 2 years, 11 months ago on Scott Bideau: Changes needed

It seems to me that the success of tourism benefits a lot more businesses and jobs than just the Ski Corp and the Lodging Companies. Yet, more than 95% of air service funding has come solely from these two groups up to this point.

Most people I know who live in Steamboat (and actually work for a living) seem to understand the direct connection between their paychecks and the dollars spent by tourists.

This culture is why Steamboat has such a great reputation for hospitality, when compared to other mountain destinations. This culture is why visitors come back for repeat visits.

As a community, let us NEVER lose sight of the fact that the paying traveler has a choice whether or not to visit Steamboat. It also never hurts for locals to remind Ski Corp. of this fact every once in awhile.

Air service is our lifeline as a resort community.

If it is a pain in the A$$ to get here, there are certainly more convenient destinations for people to take a ski vacation.

Non-rental second homeowners and timeshare resorts like Wyndham don't contribute any LMD tax revenue because there isn't a lodging transaction involved. Yet, these two sub-groups alone consume hundreds of air seats every week.

And how many VRBO rentals aren't paying their lodging taxes?? The city could make a small fortune investigating this issue...but I digress.

I believe the 2B Tax is a great way for non-rental tourists to contribute to air our service, especially those that use the service and don't currently help pay for it.

Me, personally, I'm voting for 2B.

I admittedly waste at least $20 every week on stupid stuff I really don't need.

I'd gladly give this community $20 a year to help secure air service, if it means that me and my friends will continue to have jobs, maybe even experience some career growth someday.

I'd gladly give this community $20 if it means our businesses can afford to stay open year-round.

Most importantly, I'd gladly give this community $20 so that, as my parents get older, and travel becomes more difficult for them, there is still a convenient and affordable way for them to fly to Hayden and visit their grandchildren from time to time.

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vanguy 2 years, 11 months ago on Tom Kern: A real impact

It seems to me that the success of tourism benefits a lot more businesses and jobs than just the Ski Corp and the Lodging Companies. Yet, more than 95% of air service funding has come solely from these two groups up to this point.

Most people I know who live in Steamboat (and actually work for a living) seem to understand the direct connection between their paychecks and the dollars spent by tourists.

This culture is why Steamboat has such a great reputation for hospitality, when compared to other mountain destinations. This culture is why visitors come back for repeat visits.

As a community, let us NEVER lose sight of the fact that the paying traveler has a choice whether or not to visit Steamboat. It also never hurts for locals to remind Ski Corp. of this fact every once in awhile.

Air service is our lifeline as a resort community.

If it is a pain in the A$$ to get here, there are certainly more convenient destinations for people to take a ski vacation.

Non-rental second homeowners and timeshare resorts like Wyndham don't contribute any LMD tax revenue because there isn't a lodging transaction involved. Yet, these two sub-groups alone consume hundreds of air seats every week.

And how many VRBO rentals aren't paying their lodging taxes?? The city could make a small fortune investigating this issue...but I digress.

I believe the 2B Tax is a great way for non-rental tourists to contribute to air our service, especially those that use the service and don't currently help pay for it.

Me, personally, I'm voting for 2B.

I admittedly waste at least $20 every week on stupid stuff I really don't need.

I'd gladly give this community $20 a year to help secure air service, if it means that me and my friends will continue to have jobs, maybe even experience some career growth someday.

I'd gladly give this community $20 if it means our businesses can afford to stay open year-round.

Most importantly, I'd gladly give this community $20 so that, as my parents get older, and travel becomes more difficult for them, there is still a convenient and affordable way for them to fly to Hayden and visit their grandchildren from time to time.

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vanguy 2 years, 11 months ago on Our View: Airline program is key to our economy

It seems to me that the success of tourism benefits a lot more businesses and jobs than just the Ski Corp and the Lodging Companies. Yet, more than 95% of air service funding has come solely from these two groups up to this point.

Most people I know who live in Steamboat (and actually work for a living) seem to understand the direct connection between their paychecks and the dollars spent by tourists.

This culture is why Steamboat has such a great reputation for hospitality, when compared to other mountain destinations. This culture is why visitors come back for repeat visits.

As a community, let us NEVER lose sight of the fact that the paying traveler has a choice whether or not to visit Steamboat. It also never hurts for locals to remind Ski Corp. of this fact every once in awhile.

Air service is our lifeline as a resort community.

If it is a pain in the A$$ to get here, there are certainly more convenient destinations for people to take a ski vacation.

Non-rental second homeowners and timeshare resorts like Wyndham don't contribute any LMD tax revenue because there isn't a lodging transaction involved. Yet, these two sub-groups alone consume hundreds of air seats every week.

And how many VRBO rentals aren't paying their lodging taxes?? The city could make a small fortune investigating this issue...but I digress.

I believe the 2B Tax is a great way for non-rental tourists to contribute to air our service, especially those that use the service and don't currently help pay for it.

Me, personally, I'm voting for 2B.

I admittedly waste at least $20 every week on stupid stuff I really don't need.

I'd gladly give this community $20 a year to help secure air service, if it means that me and my friends will continue to have jobs, maybe even experience some career growth someday.

I'd gladly give this community $20 if it means our businesses can afford to stay open year-round.

Most importantly, I'd gladly give this community $20 so that, as my parents get older, and travel becomes more difficult for them, there is still a convenient and affordable way for them to fly to Hayden and visit their grandchildren from time to time.

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vanguy 2 years, 11 months ago on David L. Lilly: The wrong answer

It seems to me that the success of tourism benefits a lot more businesses and jobs than just the Ski Corp and the Lodging Companies. Yet, more than 95% of air service funding has come solely from these two groups up to this point.

Most people I know who live in Steamboat (and actually work for a living) seem to understand the direct connection between their paychecks and the dollars spent by tourists.

This culture is why Steamboat has such a great reputation for hospitality, when compared to other mountain destinations. This culture is why visitors come back for repeat visits.

As a community, let us NEVER lose sight of the fact that the paying traveler has a choice whether or not to visit Steamboat. It also never hurts for locals to remind Ski Corp. of this fact every once in awhile.

Air service is our lifeline as a resort community.

If it is a pain in the A$$ to get here, there are certainly more convenient destinations for people to take a ski vacation.

Non-rental second homeowners and timeshare resorts like Wyndham don't contribute any LMD tax revenue because there isn't a lodging transaction involved. Yet, these two sub-groups alone consume hundreds of air seats every week.

And how many VRBO rentals aren't paying their lodging taxes?? The city could make a small fortune investigating this issue...but I digress.

I believe the 2B Tax is a great way for non-rental tourists to contribute to air our service, especially those that use the service and don't currently help pay for it.

Me, personally, I'm voting for 2B.

I admittedly waste at least $20 every week on stupid stuff I really don't need.

I'd gladly give this community $20 a year to help secure air service, if it means that me and my friends will continue to have jobs, maybe even experience some career growth someday.

I'd gladly give this community $20 if it means our businesses can afford to stay open year-round.

Most importantly, I'd gladly give this community $20 so that, as my parents get older, and travel becomes more difficult for them, there is still a convenient and affordable way for them to fly to Hayden and visit their grandchildren from time to time.

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vanguy 2 years, 11 months ago on Election Guide: Sales tax increase to support winter air service program

It seems to me that the success of tourism benefits a lot more businesses and jobs than just the Ski Corp and the Lodging Companies. Yet, more than 95% of air service funding has come solely from these two groups up to this point.

Most people I know who live in Steamboat (and actually work for a living) seem to understand the direct connection between their paychecks and the dollars spent by tourists.

This culture is why Steamboat has such a great reputation for hospitality, when compared to other mountain destinations. This culture is why visitors come back for repeat visits.

As a community, let us NEVER lose sight of the fact that the paying traveler has a choice whether or not to visit Steamboat. It also never hurts for locals to remind Ski Corp. of this fact every once in awhile.

Air service is our lifeline as a resort community.

If it is a pain in the A$$ to get here, there are certainly more convenient destinations for people to take a ski vacation.

Non-rental second homeowners and timeshare resorts like Wyndham don't contribute any LMD tax revenue because there isn't a lodging transaction involved. Yet, these two sub-groups alone consume hundreds of air seats every week.

And how many VRBO rentals aren't paying their lodging taxes?? The city could make a small fortune investigating this issue...but I digress.

I believe the 2B Tax is a great way for non-rental tourists to contribute to air our service, especially those that use the service and don't currently help pay for it.

Me, personally, I'm voting for 2B.

I admittedly waste at least $20 every week on stupid stuff I really don't need.

I'd gladly give this community $20 a year to help secure air service, if it means that me and my friends will continue to have jobs, maybe even experience some career growth someday.

I'd gladly give this community $20 if it means our businesses can afford to stay open year-round.

Most importantly, I'd gladly give this community $20 so that, as my parents get older, and travel becomes more difficult for them, there is still a convenient and affordable way for them to fly to Hayden and visit their grandchildren from time to time.

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