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Curtis Church: Vote ‘yes’ on 5C

I am writing this letter in support of Referendum 5C on the Nov. 1 ballot. About two years ago, the city of Steamboat Springs and Routt County decided it was time to address the issue of affordable housing and created the Yampa Valley Housing Authority. The leaders of this community had heard many stories about other mountain towns and the difficulty they had in providing entry-level homes for their workforce.

Referendum 5C is not a tax request. The housing authority is a governmental entity and is subject to the Taxpayers Bill of Right. The housing authority receives some revenues from state and local governmental resources. Unless 5C is passed and the housing authority is “DeBruced,” the housing authority will have to return any government revenue it receives in excess of the TABOR cap. Returned funds cannot be used to meet the affordable housing needs of Routt County residents and workers. Because revenues from grants, donations and fees can fluctuate from year to year, receiving local voter approval to keep all these funds would allow the housing authority to pursue its mission to provide affordable housing in Routt County.

I chose to live in Steamboat Springs and the Yampa Valley because of its feeling of an actual town and the sense of community here. Without families and permanent housing for them, the area could just become a lifeless collection of mostly vacant condominiums and town homes.

I strongly urge you to support 5C and “DeBruce” the housing authority.

Curtis Church
Steamboat Springs